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Programs

Awards

Joonas Pyörny, with degrees in business and medicine from the University of Tampere, is pursuing graduate work.

Scholarships

Each year, FFN awards funds for academic scholarships for post-secondary education, and a unique scholarship opportunity for law students in the U.S. and Finland.

P.J.C. Lindfors Law Scholarships

Finnish-American attorney Pertti Lindfors established an annual scholarship fund to encourage cross-cultural study and understanding by law students in Finland and the United States.

Grants

Each year, Finlandia Foundation National awards funds to projects related to Finnish-American and Finnish history, heritage, preservation, research, arts, culture and more.

Cultural

Comedians ISMO and Miska Kajanus talk sauna for National Sauna Week

National Sauna Week

Finlandia Foundation National has declared the last week in February “National Sauna Week” to build awareness and appreciation of this aspect of Finnish and Finnish-American culture.

Performer of the Year

Miska Kajanus is the 2024 Performer of the Year (POY). Finlandia Foundation National launched the POY program in 1996 to assist undiscovered artists and gain exposure for entertaining programs related to Finnish and Finnish-American culture.

Lecturer of the Year

Author Hanna Pylväinen is the 2024 Lecturer of the Year (LOY). Finlandia Foundation National launched the LOY program in 2006 to share topics of interest related to Finnish and Finnish-American culture. Click below to learn more about Hanna and hosting the LOY.

Eric Aho in his home studio

(NEW!) Artist of the Year

Finland is internationally recognized for its contributions to the arts and design fields, and that extends to Finnish and Finnish-American designers in the United States. Eric Aho is the inaugural Finlandia Foundation National Artist of the Year.

Soiva Music Camp & Sibelius Academy

Let’s create music together! Finlandia Foundation National, in partnership with the Global Music Program at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, will conduct its Soiva Music Camp July 15-21 in the Pacific Northwest. FFN and Sibelius Academy teamed up to present a free workshop, “Making Music with Our Bodies,” at FinnFest 2023 (above), and Soiva 2024 will also draw from the practices of global pedagogy, which is an immersive way of music making and experiencing music.

Salolampi Finnish Language Village

Finlandia Foundation, believing that it is important for the Finnish language to continue to be spoken, offers financial support for young people to attend this cultural experience near Bemidji, Minnesota.

Virtual

Welcome to Finnposium

Embracing the transformative power of the internet, Finlandia Foundation National is excited to bring you a variety of online presentations related to Finland and Finnish culture in the United States.

In Conversation

In this YouTube program, Finlandia Foundation hosts get Finnish and Finnish-American individuals from a variety of fields and areas of interest to talk about their fascinating work and lives.

My American Dream

In this program, Michel Wendell interviews Finnish and Finnish-American entrepreneurs who share their stories as they follow their dreams and paths to success in the United States.

Special Programs

Finnding America title card

Finnding America

Finlandia Foundation is a proud sponsor of “Finnding America,” a documentary series about Santi “Fox” Hynönen’s quest to learn and share the stories of Finnish-Americans across the U.S.

Oral History Project

The Finlandia Foundation National History Committee is developing an Oral History Program to assist chapters in collecting and preserving Finnish-American stories and experiences for future generations.