Cultural and humanitarian cooperation of Ukraine and Finland
The cooperation in cultural and humanitarian sphere is characterized by the essential traditions, variety of form of implementation; mainly it is realized by means of organizing art exhibitions, concert tours of creative collectives, lectures, thematic round tables.
Ukraine and Finland have inter-university and inter-school ties.
With the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education of Finland in September 2008 in the Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki the «Ukrainian Studies» were introduced. The program aims to spread knowledge about Ukraine among students and researchers in higher education institutions in Finland. Due to this the Finnish and foreign students have opportunity to study Ukrainian language, literature, history and cultural as well as to research on Ukrainian topics. Consultations and teaching are carried out in Finnish, English and Ukrainian languages. Institute provides programs on exchange students between Helsinki University and the universities of Ukraine.
From January 2007 the Ukrainian language is taught at the Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literature at the University of Helsinki on the optional basis. Within the framework of the Agreement between the University of Helsinki and the National University of «Kyiv-Mohyla Academy» dated 15.09.2008 the exchange of students of both universities is realized.
The Finnish language is studied in a number of Ukrainian higher educational institutions, in particular, Kyiv National Linguistic University, National University of «Kyiv-Mohyla Academy». The Scandinavian Gymnasium in Kyiv provides the possibility to study Swedish and Finnish languages.
One of the effective instruments of increasing the Ukrainian-Finnish bilateral ties is the cooperation between cities of Ukraine and Finland. To date the twin cities ties have been established between Kyiv and Helsinki, Kyiv and Tampere, Odessa and Oulu, Zaporizhzhya and Lahti, Novograd-Volynskyi (Zhytomyr region) and Suomussalmi.
Ukrainian communities live mostly in Helsinki, Tampere, Jyväskylä, Turku, Oulu and Salo. The «Association of Ukrainians in Finland» also promotes bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and Finland. The International Ukrainian Cultural Centre also facilitates to acquaint the Finnish population with the Ukrainian traditions, history, culture and art.
Currently there are two Ukrainian historical objects in Finland: a memorial plaque on the building where the first diplomatic mission of Ukraine in Finland worked in 1918-1921 (Helsinki), and the monument of the Ukrainian soldiers fallen in northern Finland during the 1939-1940 Winter War.