Within the Finnish Government, the Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for developing educational, science, cultural, sport and youth policies and international cooperation in these fields.  The Minister of Education and Culture, Ms. Sanni Grahn-Laasonen is responsible for matters, which fall under the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Finland and Nordic culture on display in London

Kuva: Southbank Centre / Belinda Lawley

The opening event for the year-long series of cultural events showcasing Nordic culture in Britain was held on Friday 13 January. The event was  attended by each country’s minister of culture. An unofficial ministerial meeting was also held as part of the opening event.

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PISA 2015: Finnish youth still at the top despite the drop

Net-engFinnish 15-year-olds ranked in third place among the OECD countries in scientific literacy in PISA 2015 survey. Finnish students were still among the best in reading literacy and mathematical literacy has remained unchanged.

Altogether 73 countries and economies took part in PISA 2015.

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Reform of the Library Act: promotion of active citizenship, democracy and freedom of expression new tasks for libraries


The Government submitted a proposal for a new Library Act to the Parliament. The proposed Act mentions the promotion of active citizenship, democracy and freedom of expression as new tasks to be assigned to libraries. The linguistic and cultural rights safeguarded by the Constitution form the foundation for the Library Act. Public library services would continue to be free of charge. Reserving library materials is also proposed to become free of charge.

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Parliamentary working group to reform comprehensive school

The Ministry of Education and Culture is about to establish a comprehensive school forum to participate in the work being carried out to improve and update the Finnish comprehensive school system. As part of the reform of the comprehensive school, Minister of Education and Culture has invited all political parties in the Parliament to attend a parliamentary working group of the comprehensive school forum to draw up theses for the future comprehensive school. The theses will be published in August 2017.
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Marianne Huusko – a trailblazer in education export

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Ambassador for Education Export Marianne Huusko faces a challenging task: how to turn Finland’s strongest international brand into a thriving business.

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Candidature of Finland to the Executive Board of UNESCO for 2017-2021; Towards 2030 through actions

Finland is a candidate to the UNESCO Executive Board for the term 2017-2021. The Finnish candidature is supported by other Nordic countries – Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Finland has been an active member of UNESCO since 1956, steadily contributing to the organization throughout the years both financially and in terms of expertise.
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Open access to a record-breaking amount of Finnish cultural data

FNA_tunnus_pysty_WEB_turkA service combining material from Finnish archives, libraries and museums, publishes its open application programming interface. Through the API, anyone can access the metadata for almost 9 million entries in the service.

Finna is part of the Ministry of Education and Culture project the National Digital Library.

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Finnish research infrastructures databank opened

openscienceThe Finnish research infrastructures databank gives information about nationally significant research infrastructures, including facilities, equipment, materials and services that enable research.

The information in the databank is in Finnish and English. The Academy of Finland and Ministry of Education and Culture launched the development of the Finnish research infrastructures databank under the Open Science and Research Initiative in 2015.

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The new core curriculum for basic education emphasises the joy of learning

pojatThe new core curriculum for basic education will be introduced in schools in August 2016. The curriculum emphasises the joy of learning and the pupils´ active role. It is based on the learning conception that positive emotional experiences, collaborative working and interaction as well as creative activity enhance learning.

The Finnish National Board of Education has confirmed the new national core curriculum for basic education. 

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