Design and architecture in Finland
Finnish design has strong traditions and is also valued internationally. Design has been funded in Finland for many years as an art form. Architecture is important as an art form and as a source of public well-being. Finnish architecture is internationally valued.
The Ministry of Education and Culture supports design and architecture with e.g. state subsidies. The design programme promotes the extensive use of design. The Government's architecture policy aims to realise the right to a well-built environment and its conservation.
The national design programme aims to improve design expertise and its utilisation. The Ministry of Education and Culture funds national design organisations and the industry's museums. The National Council for Architecture and Design acts as the expert body in this field.
The National Design Programme (2013) puts forward measures for increasing the use of design in society and for enhancing its impact. The Programme proposes 29 actions to strengthen design know-how by 2020. Design can expedite the development of new products and services that better meet customer needs.
Architecture and building design
The government's architectural policy aims to support the creation and conservation of a well-built environment. The aim in public and private construction is to reserve a part of the construction funds for art procurements according to the so-called percentage principle.
The Ministry of Education and Culture funds national architecture organisations and the industry's museums.
The National Council for Architecture and Design acts as the expert body in this field.