The Finnish Institute in London

The Finnish Institute in London is a private, non-profit trust bringing together individuals, communities and organisations. Its mission is to identify emerging issues important to contemporary society in Finland, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The Institute aims to encourage cross-disciplinary and cross-border collaboration by creating networks and building new partnerships.

The Finnish Institute in London takes thinking of social challenges and cultural practices in new, positive directions. To do this, The Institute open up spaces for novel ideas, discussions and trends by bringing passionate people together. A pinch of risk-taking accompanied by the hard work of imaginative people can transform the cultures and spaces we collectively inhabit. In its work, the Institute embraces the unexpected while nurturing and maintaining excellence in contemporary social and cultural practice. The mission of the Finnish Institute in London is to increase awareness about Finnish culture and society in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, and to increase co-operation between the countries.

The Finnish Institute in London wants to advance open and accessible data and information. In a rapidly digitising world it is essential to foster reliable preservation of cultural heritage. We also work to preserve historical materials in the digital era and promote the importance of the library institution as one of the cornerstones of open knowledge and a democratic society.

A Tale of Two Countries is part of the official celebrations of the centenary of Finland’s independence. In the project digitised historical materials, such as photographs, letters, and newspaper clippings are curated to bring alive the shared history of Finland and Britain. The aim is to combine research and the production of new knowledge, thus continuing the Finnish Institute’s work in the field of open knowledge. The collaboration between participating organisations creates new networks and partnerships in digital data management and further deepens Finnish-British cooperation.

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