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
+32 468 15 56 72
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):
Phone: +358 44 7396079
(Mon - Wed)
Finances, Administration, Human Resources - Finnish Courses
Phone: +32 474 282 095 / +32 468 15 56 72
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.
Head of Programme
Societal and arts projects (Women's Day, Masculinities, etc.), TelepART, overseeing general projects and daily communication
Phone: +358 40 7151 434 / +32 468 15 56 72
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.
Communication & Project Coordinator
General communication, Social Media - Design projects
Phone: +32 472 649 385 / +32 468 15 56 72
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.
Communications & Project Assistant
Women's Day, A I S T I T, Go-commission, Communication
Phone: +358 44 2453551
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!
Women's Day, A I S T I T, Kaiku, TelepART, Go-commission, Masculinities
Phone: +32 468 15 56 72
Laisa has lived in Finland, Sweden, Norway and The Gambia, and has landed in Brussels for now to do her internship at the Institute. Even though she explored almost all of the Nordics, her favourite country remains The Gambia. Other countries with beaches with turquoise water come in a close second. She likes to wind down with a movie, go grab a bite (especially Supa Kanja, a Gambian okra stew, warms her heart) or plan the next trip. But wherever she goes, her dog Princess is with her, whether it’s physically if they’re in the same country or mentally when she’s a bit further away.
Phone: +32 468 15 56 72
Christina has lived in many places, whether it's Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, the United States or in her home-country Germany. However, there is much more to experience and discover, and she still has a lot on her list! After completing her Bachelor in Social Science and Intercultural Relations, she realized how much she enjoys working in the cultural sector/cultural diplomacy and decided to do an internship at the Goethe Institut in New York. Currently, she is doing an Erasmus Mundus Master in Euroculture, which brought her to - who would have guessed - Brussels.For her, traveling is not only about living in another country but also learning the language, which is definitely one of her hobbies (if time allows). To calm down, she likes to read, go for a run or do some yoga. And even though she is always on the road, she is happy to come back home to her small and cozy hometown of Bamberg in Germany.
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
Suvi Innilä, Chairperson, managing director
Sakari Karjalainen, Vice chairperson, adjunct professor, Twitter @sakari_k
Paula Raitis, Communications specialist
Leena Malkki, Senior lecturer, Twitter: LeenaMalkki
Martti Kivistö, Master of Laws
Antti Wihanto, Honorary consul for Belgium, deputy member
Lieven Ameel, Adjunct professor, deputy member
Iiris Kivimäki, Expert, corporate fundraising, deputy member
Kalle Jämsen, Master of philosophy, deputy member
Tuomas Parkkari, Master of political science, deputy member
Contact (post only):
Suomen Benelux-instituutin säätiö
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”.
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The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux
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Contact details of the Supervisory authority
Saavutettavuuden valvonnan yksikkö
+358 295 016 000