What we do

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As the globally active cultural institution of the Federal Republic of Germany, we advocate for understanding between Germany, Europe and the world. The framework agreement with the German Federal Foreign Office is the foundation for this work. Worldwide, we provide information about the cultural and societal diversity of Germany and Europe. 151 Goethe-Institutes in 98 countries together with numerous partner institutions form the basis of our global network. The Federal Foreign Office supports our work institutionally. As a registered charity we operate autonomously on a legally independent basis and are not affiliated to any political party. We generate around a third of our revenue ourselves through income from language courses and examinations. We also receive support from the European Union (EU), further German federal ministries as well as foundations and companies in Germany and abroad.

We contribute to establishing the German language in the educational systems of the guest countries. We support over 100,000 schools worldwide in giving high-quality German tuition and promote the advanced professional training and qualification of teachers of German. Furthermore, we offer languages courses ranging from general German courses to prevocational language courses and seminars to raise societal and cultural awareness. Our services include online courses and autonomous learning programs. Every year more than half a million people sit a German examination at a Goethe-Institut or one of our cooperation partners. With a wide range of educational and information programs, we support in particular students and skilled workers from abroad on their route to Germany. 

We believe in the potential of international cultural exchange. Our approximately 20,000 cultural events per year take place in partnership with governmental and non-governmental institutions and initiatives from civil society in our guest countries. We qualify, advise and interlink cultural professionals and support the development of sustainable structures in the cultural and creative economy by advanced training measures for cultural entrepreneurs or the internationalization of creative companies. With our residence programs, partnerships and co-productions, we promote the networking of cultural professionals around the globe. We offer stakeholders from civil society a protected space and scope for a sincere exchange of views. We do not break off democratic dialogue, even in difficult times. In our work we orientate ourselves towards the values of a democratic, liberal society governed by the rule of law.

Via our digital information and educational programs in more than 60 languages and a network with 87 libraries, we offer a space to learn, meet up and participate. We use innovative technologies, seize the opportunities of digitalization and, at the same time, reflect on their implications for people and society. Through diverse formats such as information trips for multipliers, specialist exchange between experts, youth exchange programs and international festivals we enable communication on a worldwide basis.

The Goethe-Institut in Finland

The Goethe-Institut Finnland in Kamppi is accessible and open to everyone.

Our library is free to use both online and on-site.

Our courses allow people of all ages to study German at all levels and to take language tests. We provide teaching materials and advanced training for German teachers. We also focus on cultural and digital education.

The Goethe-Institut is a promoter of German culture abroad. We seek to promote interaction. Our projects bring together everyday conventions and ideas in the myriad fields of art, science and social life as examples of cultural coexistence in our societies.

While planning and publicizing our events, we want to bring to light subject matters that receive too little attention, to question the prevailing status quo and to take into account different viewpoints. We focus on current hot topics in society, media and science. Our current focus subjects are ”How the new is created”, ”Equality in culture” and ”Ecology and sustainable development”.

Our staff and partners value communal approaches in implementing our projects. We engage in mutual dialogue throughout the process: from the original idea to discussions on different event types, the choice of artists, performers and speakers, funding, organization and publicity.

Goethe-Institut Finnland is a part of Helsinki Art Institution for Equality and adheres to the goals set out in Agenda 2030.

Our events are in German, Finnish or English either at the Goethe-Institut or at our collaborator's premises, depending on the target audience, form of collaboration and subject matter.

Do you want to collaborate with us? Do you have a project or idea that could bring us together? We're waiting for you to get in touch.