Institute

The Finnish Cultural Institute

The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux serves as a liaison between players in the cultural field in Finland and the Benelux countries. As an independent, non-profit organisation, the institute’s main goal is to create opportunities in which artists and organisations can elaborate new projects and new possibilities of collaboration. The institute also produces its own content and productions in close collaboration with its partner networks, often tackling current social issues. The aim is to establish long-term and sustainable cooperation between artists and other professionals, in different cultural fields, from visual and performing arts, to literature, design, cinema, and more.

The Institute was founded in 1993 and is based in Brussels. It is maintained by the Finnish Cultural Institute in the Benelux Trust.

The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux
Rue l'Arbre 14/3
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium

Phone:

+32 468 15 56 72

Operations

The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is a cultural institute based in Brussels. It was founded in 1993 and its scope of operations covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The Institute is one of the 17 Finnish cultural and science institutes.  It is an independent, non-profit organisation funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture as well as various public and private funds. The Institute is maintained by the Finnish Cultural Institute in the Benelux Trust.

The Institute's Annual Reports (in Finnish):

Annual Report 2019

Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2017

Staff

KATI LAAKSO
Director

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Phone: +358 45 1105 977 / +32 468 15 56 72
Instagram: @katevalley 
Twitter: @kate_valley
Sign: Aquarius

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Kati moved to Brussels from Tokyo, Japan where she was working as the Head of Arts and Communications at the Finnish Institute in Japan. Kati has, among others, previously lived in New York for six years working at the Finnish Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Finland and as part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project. Kati’s strengths lie in her expertise in the visual arts and design fields, her extensive international work experience and networks, as well as her skills in managing a diverse range of projects. She graduated from the Stockholm University with a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Economics and a minor in Art History, and has since immersed herself in the beauty and excitement of the arts.

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TIINA EEROLAINEN
Administration Manager
(Mon - Wed)


Finances, Administration, Human Resources - Finnish Courses 
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Phone: +32 474 282 095 / +32 468 15 56 72
Instagram: @pikkutintti
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Tiina has been living in Leuven since 1982, and speaks Dutch fluently! Still, Finland and especially the landscape around Artjärvi will always have a special place in her heart. Kauppatori in Helsinki on a Summer’s day comes second. In Brussels, she enjoys the lively neighbourhood of the “Marollen”, with its narrow streets, original stores, restaurants and cafes and diverse population. Having a penchant for smart and feisty women, Lisbeth Salander from the Stieg Larsson novels and Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice have to be her favourite fictional characters. 

MALIN BERGSTRÖM
Project Manager

Societal and arts projects (Women's Day, Masculinities, etc.), TelepART, overseeing general projects and daily communication

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Phone: +358 40 7151 434 / +32 468 15 56 72
Instagram: @mala.bergstrom
Sign: Gemini

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Malin is our crazy cat lady and she’s damn proud of it. When she’s not at home cuddling up with her two furry friends, you can find her writing and illustrating. She has a strong passion for comics, and dreams of becoming a published novelist.  Before moving to Brussels, Malin lived in Finland, the UK, and Estonia but her favourite place in the world is Galveston, Texas. The quiet seaside charm peppered with Louisiana flavour drew her to this sleepy peninsula south of Houston, with dreams of sitting on a porch-swing, taking in the hot summer wind.

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HANNA MOENS
Communication & Project Coordinator

General communication, Social Media - Design projects 

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Phone: +32 472 649 385 / +32 468 15 56 72
Instagram: @hannamoens
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Unlike her expat colleagues, Hanna has lived in Belgium all her life and can answer (almost) all questions about this country’s quirky habits and traditions. She loves Scandinavian cultures and there is nothing she likes more than having a cinnamon bun in Copenhagen, shop the streets of Stockholm or discover new places to eat in Helsinki. Next to her work at FinnCult, she also works as a freelancer, mainly in design and communications. Oh, and she also really likes flowers.

Emmi Salminen

EMMI SALMINEN
Communications & Project Assistant

Women's Day, A I S T I T, Go-commission, Communication

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Phone: +358 44 2453551
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From Sysmä to Brussels via Helsinki, Perth, Melbourne and Rotterdam: Emmi feels at home in different places. While moving often means she can embrace a minimal lifestyle, her plants move along wherever she goes. No wonder it is one of her dreams to have her own garden to grow vegetables, plants and herbs. After studying in Tampere and Helsinki, she escaped the cold weather to Australia. Now, after 3 years of studying Arts & Culture Studies in Rotterdam, she’s happy to explore a new city and country. And while this doesn’t seem like the most ideal period to discover a new place, being bored will not be a thing. Painting, pilates, sewing, checking out museums and galleries, yoga… this girl knows how to keep herself busy!

Administration

The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is maintained by Finnish Cultural Institute in the Benelux Trust. The Foundation is Finnish and its domicile is Helsinki.

Executive board of the Foundation for the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux 

Pasi Saukkonen, Chairperson, adjunct professor, Twitter @pasi_saukkonen
Kalle Jämsen, Master of Arts
Sakari Karjalainen, Adjunct professor, Twitter @sakari_k
Hannu Suihkonen, Secretary general, vice chairperson
Antti Wihanto, Honorary consul for Belgium

Suvi Innilä, Senior specialist, deputy member
Kaarlo Kalliala, Bishop, deputy member, Twitter @KKalliala
Martti Kivistö, Director, deputy member
Laura Kolbe, Professor, deputy member, Twitter @LauraKolbe
Niki Matheson, Director, deputy member

General secretary
Inka Nokso-Koivisto
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Contact (post only):
Suomen Benelux-instituutin säätiö
Kalliolinnantie 4
00140 Helsinki
Finland

The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is a non-profit, general interest association registered in Belgium. The name in the Register of Associations of Belgium is “Fins Cultureel Instituut voor de Benelux, vereniging zonder winstoogmerk”, abbreviated as “vzw”. In French the form of association is “association sans but lucrative”, abbreviation “asbl”.