Literature in Finland

Avoinna olevia kirjoja

The Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for the preparation of legislation related to the promotion of literature and for the allocation of appropriations from the national Budget. The development projects supported by the ministry promote e.g. the development of diverse literacy among children and young people. Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the Central Arts Council and the National Council for Literature act as expert bodies that provide guidance in this work.

The majority of state funding for literature is direct funding to authors and indirect funding to libraries. Grants including artist, project, children's culture and mobility grants are awarded by Arts Promotion Centre Finland and library grants and subsidies by the centre's Board for Grants and Subsidies to Writers and Translators.

The Ministry of Education and Culture supports the field's cultural policy activities and leisure activities by granting discretionary operating funds to national literature organisations and other book sector actors. Funding is also granted to the Finnish Literature Exchange (FILI), which is tasked with promoting the recognition of Finnish literature abroad as well as the translation of Finnish literature into other languages and literature in other languages into Finland's national languages.

The availability of literature that has limited distribution is promoted with a procurement subsidy, which is awarded to libraries for the procurement of books.

The Ministry of Education and Culture subsidises the publication and work to increase the recognition of literature in simple Finnish with a separate appropriation. Selkokeskus centre, which is a part Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, is responsible for the awarding of grants and subsidies for literature in simple Finnish. 

Development projects related to literature and reading

Kirja-Suomi 2017 is the Finnish book sector's cooperation project, which promotes the reading and visibility of literature during Finland's centenary year. The project is part of the Finland 100 centenary celebration coordinated by the Prime Minister's Office.

A trial and development project is being implemented as part of the Government's Accessibility of Art and Culture key, which will promote multiliteracy skills.


Contact information

Mervi Tiensuu-Nylund, Kulttuuriasiainneuvos 
OKM, Kulttuuri- ja taidepolitiikan osasto (KUPO), Taiteen ja kulttuuriperinnön vastuualue (TAKU) 0295330312