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 objective of the Ministry of Education and Culture is to support the creative work carried out by authors and translators and to make Finnish literature better known. Another objective is to maintain literacy and encourage people to read more.

In line with the objectives of the Strategy for Cultural Policy 2025, the Ministry supports activities to promote literature and to improve the availability and accessibility of literature. The majority of the financial support is allocated to authors and translators as State grants by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

To promote the availability of literature with limited circulation the Ministry has an allowance for the public libraries to purchase such books. For the publication and promotion of literature in easy-to-read language the Ministry allocates a subsidy to The Finnish Centre for Easy to Read. In addition, the Ministry supports the Finnish Literature Exchange (FILI) that promotes the publication of Finnish literature in translation around the world.

Contact information

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