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The Ministry of Education is responsible for developing educational, science, cultural, sport and youth policies as well as international cooperation in these fields. The Ministry creates favourable conditions for education, know-how, lifelong learning, creativity and citizens' social participation and well-being.
There are two ministers at the Ministry of Education: the Minister of Education and Science is in charge of matters relating to education and research; the Minister of Culture is responsible for matters relating to culture, sports, youth, copyright, student financial aid and church affairs.
The Ministry of Education is responsible for promoting and developing culture in Finland. In its Department for Cultural Policy these tasks are divided between the Culture and Media Division and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.
The Ministry of Education main class represents over 15% of the state budget. The Ministry of Education is the third largest ministry after the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Ministry of Finance. In 2003 the Ministry of Education budget is EUR 5.9 billion. In addition to these budgetary funds, the provision of education, training, research and culture is financed by local authorities, the private sector and citizens.
The Ministry's budget includes some EUR 399 million of pools and lottery funds. Oy Veikkaus Ab (National Lottery) transfers its returns to the Ministry, which allocates the funds to the arts (55 %), sports (21 %), research (19 %) and youth work (5 %). In the cultural sector, these resources are used to support theatres, cultural events, museums, music institutes, art institutes, cinema, and orchestras.
Subordinate to the Ministry of Education is the Arts Council of Finland. It comprises the Central Arts Council, which allocates project grants, and nine separate councils, which allocate artist grants in different forms of art. This structure is complemented by 13 regional arts councils, which promote professional and amateur arts and their development at the regional level. Most cultural financing comes from the Ministry of Education and the local authorities.
|Last update: 03-05-2006|