Founded in 1941, the Institute’s task is to strengthen cultural relations between Italy and Finland and promote better knowledge of all aspects of the Italian language and culture.
There is a cultural agreement between Italy and Finland signed in 1976, which has encouraged the intensification of relations between the two countries, which were then further consolidated thanks to the foundation of the European Union.
The Institute offers a wide range of services:
- organization of Italian language courses held by native Italian teachers
- Facilitation of contact and dialogue between Finnish and Italian figures, institutions and bodies
- Collaboration with local institutions in the organization of exhibitions, concerts, conferences, seminars, screenings and scientific events
- Assignment of study grants offered by the Italian government and relations with Italian language assistants at Finnish universities
- Offers prizes for the translation of Italian books
- Provides information on Italian cultural life, universities and schools
- Opens the library to users for the consultation and loan of books, magazines, journals and newspapers.