Finland's Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen discussed topical issues related to cultural and educational cooperation with Estonian officials in Tallinn on Tuesday.
Grahn-Laasonen and Estonian Minister of Culture Indrek Saar spoke about matters related to the financing of culture in the two countries as well as events to mark Finland and Estonia's respective centennials and the 80th anniversary of the signing of the two countries' bilateral cultural cooperation accord, spokespeople for the Finnish Embassy in Tallinn said.
The convention was reestablished without changes in February 1992 and is Estonia's oldest valid international agreement on cultural cooperation. According to spokespeople, the two neighboring countries are planning on celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the agreement at the end of this year.
In order to promote cultural cooperation between Estonia and Finland, an Estonia-Finland cultural foundation was established at the end of 2015. At their meeting on Tuesday, the two ministers described the foundation as a good and necessary tool for cooperation.
At her meeting with officials of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, Grahn-Laasonen discussed the subject of e-learning, among other topics. Also discussed more specifically was the prospect of making it possible to take the Finnish general proficiency exam, YKI, in Estonia. Currently, the official exam cannot be taken outside of Finland, however the visiting Finnish minister said that work is being done to solve this problem and that opportunities to make changes to valid rules regarding it will be explored.
Editor: Aili Vahtla