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 its cultural, social and political life. 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.
In Finland, we have in over 50 years developed long-lasting partnerships with institutions and individuals, cooperated with artists and coproduced projects. Working independently and without political ties, our structure is based on a locally well-connected team (from Finland and German speaking countries) with a director changing every 5 years. Aware of actual topics, we diversify our network, bridge it to impulses coming from Germany and connect local issues to a multilateral perspective by using the potential of our broad network.
Our Goethe-Institut at 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.
Projects in different fields are managed simultaneously, requiring a big amount of our organizational effort. Nevertheless we remind ourselves the foundation and guiding questions of these projects. We as a team seek to be affected by the outcome and development of the projects in our way of working, our structures, processes, communication, and turn good practices into practicable steps.