Kindred Peoples Programme
The aim of the Kindred Peoples Programme is to help Finno-Ugrian peoples living in Russia to maintain their educational and cultural relations with Finland.
The Programme supports the cultural heritage, languages, cultural identity and education of the kindred nations and provides for museum and library cooperation and for the production of radio and television programmes relating to Finno-Ugrian languages and cultures.
The Programme is carried out in cooperation with the M.A. Castrén Society and an advisory council. Action relating to Karelians and Vepsians is included in the Kindred Peoples Programme but carried out by the Finnish Literature Society.
The Centre for International Mobility CIMO grants scholarships to young researchers representing the Uralic peoples of Russia. The main objective of the programme is to promote international mobility in research and teaching in fields involving Finno-Ugric linguistics, ethnology and folklore. At the same time the exchanges are geared to strengthen cultural and linguistic ties between the Finno-Ugrian nations and Finland.