Cultural Environment

The cultural environment encompasses the following:

  • buildings, built areas, yards, parks, traffic lanes and structures
  • landscapes where the impact of human activity is visible
  • archaeological heritage, such as structures, formations and objects made by humans, preserved in the landscape, in soil or under water

Cultural Environment Strategy 2014–2020

On 20 March 2014, the Finnish Government issued a resolution concerning the first national Cultural Environment Strategy. The strategy was prepared through widespread cooperation coordinated by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The Cultural Environment Strategy is aimed at deepening people's appreciation of their local environment and inspiring them to actively contribute to making it better. A well-managed and vital cultural environment enhances the well-being of people, and it has an important role in developing business activities and creating an attractive living environment.

The strategy envisions the cultural environment as a source of well-being and vitality, where:

  • People value the cultural environment and work actively for it.
  • A well-tended cultural environment lives through time, while preserving its unique characteristics.
  • The resources of the public administration are directed to guiding its orderly change.
  • For the business sector, the diversity of the cultural environment opens up opportunities for success.

Implementation plan

Together with key operators in the cultural environment sector, a working group led by the Ministry of the Environment prepared an implementation plan for the strategy. The plan includes 54 concrete actions, the majority of which fall under the responsibility of the public administration.

However, the building of a better cultural environment also requires the contribution of other organisations and individual people. Because of this, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Education and Culture invite various parties to take action by making their own cultural environment commitments.

The implementation plan is unfortunately available only in Finnish and in Swedish

Cultural environment commitment

Here in the public administration, we are contributing to the implementation of the Cultural Environment Strategy in numerous ways. Both the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Education and Culture have made a commitment under Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development, a national initiative to achieve sustainable development, to carry out the implementation plan of the Cultural Environment Strategy.