What we do

Goethe-Institut About us Photo: Goethe-Institut/Loredana La Rocca

Sprache. Kultur. Deutschland.

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach.

We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in our nation. Our cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility.

With our network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres, we have been the first point of contact for many with Germany for over sixty years. Our long-lasting partnerships with leading institutions and individuals in over ninety countries create enduring trust in Germany. We are partners for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties.

The Goethe-Institut in Finland

The Goethe-Institut in Kamppi is an accessible and open house and our library whether online or on site, can be used for free.

The German language is available to everyone, either in a German language course, through the teachers we train or by participating in school projects.

As an intermediary organization for the German culture abroad, we see ourselves as a platform for exchange. Our projects bring artistic, scientific, social and daily practices and thoughts together, that reflect the coexistence of cultures in our societies.
We search to give visibility to silenced knowledge, challenge hegemonies and consider other possible perspectives when shaping and communicating our programme. We most value collaborative and communal work in our team and with committed partner.

The Goethe-Institut Finnland is part of the platform Helsinki Art Institutions for Equality.