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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

In the field of scientific and technological partnerships, France and Finland are now very close, with France ranking as Finland’s 5th most important scientific partner. In addition to the Framework Programme (EU Framework Programme for Research), France also cooperates with Finnish research teams on COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) projects, and with European and international research organisations.

This cooperation is particularly close in the following sectors: biotechnology, nanotechnology, ICT/robotics, forestry/energy/sustainable development. Academic cooperation is expanding through the signature of student, doctoral student and lecturer exchange agreements between French and Finnish universities. The number of French students a year studying in Finland under the Erasmus scheme (1,200) is matched only by their German equivalents. On the cultural front, the Spring 2008 season of Finland in France, 100% Finlande, was a great success: over 500 Finnish artists visited France to take part in 270 events organised nationwide.

Contemporary French culture is a sought-after and well-represented guest at Finland’s many summer festivals (visual arts, circus and theatre, contemporary and urban music). France was guest of honour at the October 2010 Helsinki Book Fair, part of a series of events held to mark a "French Autumn" (films, exhibitions, concerts, seminars) that ran from August to November 2008. The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) named Helsinki World Design Capital 2012. The title is awarded every two years, and Helsinki followed in the footsteps of Turin (2008) and Seoul (2010). The distinction was celebrated with hundreds of events held throughout the year, exploring design in all its forms but in particular as a key factor in improving urban living conditions and promoting sustainable development. French design planning was a central feature of numerous events.

Updated on 06.12.12

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