The Ministry directs Finnish educational and cultural policy
The Finnish Government consists of 12 ministries. Each ministry is responsible for the
preparation of matters and for the proper functioning of administration within its remit.
Ministries’ mandates are laid down in the Government Rules of Procedure and their duties in decrees
issued on the ministries.
Within the Government, the Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for developing education, science, cultural, sport youth policies, and international cooperation in these fields. The mandate of the Ministry of Education and Culture covers:
- day care, education, training and research;
- the arts, culture, sport and youth work;
- the archival, museum and public library systems;
- the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Orthodox Church and other religious communities;
- student financial aid;
Leadership of the Ministry
The Minister of Education and Culture, Ms Sanni Grahn-Laasonen is responsible for matters covered by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Permanent Secretary is responsible for leading, developing and supervising the activities of the Ministry and its administrative sector.
Values of the Ministry of Education and Culture
The Ministry develops conditions for education, know-how, lifelong learning, creativity and citizens' social participation and well-being.
The values underlying this vast sector are civilisation, welfare, democracy and creativity.
Other important principles in the Ministry's operations are expertise, responsibility, openness and future-orientation.