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
There are two ministers at the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Minister of Education and Science, Ms Krista Kiuru, is responsible for matters relating to education and research and the Minister of Culture and Sport, Mr Paavo Arhinmäki, for matters relating to culture, sports, youth, copyright and student financial aid.
State Secretaries assists the minister in matter relating to political steering and preparatory
work. Permanent Secretary is responsible for leading, developing and supervising the activities of
the Ministry and its administrative sector.
The church affairs, which fall under the Ministry of Education and Culture, are handled by the Minister of the Interior, Ms Päivi Räsänen (Ministry of the Interior).
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.