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Working group to draw up proposals to promote cultural diversity

Ministry of Education and Culture 9.1.2020 12.35 | Published in English on 9.1.2020 at 14.48
Press release
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Minister of Science and Culture Hanna Kosonen has appointed a working group to prepare proposals for policies to strengthen the inclusion of people with a foreign background into cultural life and to promote cultural diversity through arts and culture.

The purpose of the working group is to focus on the challenge of cultural diversity in cultural policy from the perspective of immigration and its growth and the related multiculturalism. The working group will also discuss what opportunities people with a foreign background might have to engage in professional activities in the cultural industries and to participate in development and decision-making in the cultural sector.

The working group is expected to focus especially on using arts and culture to strengthen the social inclusion and participation of those with a foreign background, and to promote intercultural dialogue by means of arts and culture.

“Culture is an excellent way to integrate into Finland and to strengthen people's feeling of inclusion and significance. This can take place as a user, developer or creator of services, for example,” says Minister Hanna Kosonen.

One of the key objectives of the Government Programme is to build a country that is equitable, tolerant and supportive towards all. In the field of culture, the aim is to strengthen cultural dialogue, cooperation, inclusion and equality. The working group's work also relates to the implementation of the Cultural Policy Strategy 2025 of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

In 2019, more than 400,000 people in Finland were of foreign origin, which is about 7.3% of the total population. Compared with the situation at the turn of the millennium, the total number of people with a foreign background has tripled in Finland and, according to population projections, will further rise in the future.

The term of the working group ends on 31 December 2020. The working group is chaired by Pasi Saukkonen, Senior Researcher.

Working group members and other project information 


  • Pasi Saukkonen, Senior Researcher, tel. +358 9 310 36405
  • Maija Lummepuro, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Cultural Affairs, tel. +358 2953 30198
  • Sini Keinonen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Cultural Affairs, tel. +358 2953 30145