The Nordic Cultural Institute is conducting interdisciplinary research on cultural
affairs, cultural development and cultural policy on Nordic, European and international.
Researcher from the humanities and social sciences in the Nordic countries are engaged
to the different projects conducted by the institute. The institute is free of any
commercial, political or organisational interest. The institute is placed in Copenhagen.
Nordic Cultural Institute has in the last 15 years been responsible for compilation
of several comparative studies - among others:
- Det indre marked og kulturen (The Internal Market and Cultural Policy)
1989, The Danish Ministry of Culture.
- Kultur og teknologi (Culture and Technology) 1990, The Danish Council
- Kulturens spændetrøje (The Strait-jacket of Culture) 1992, The Nordic
Councils of Ministers, NordREFO.
- Kulturens brug eller misbrug? (Use or Misuse of Culture?) 1993, The
Nordic Council of Ministers, NordREFO.
- Kunstens vilkår - om de kulturpolitiske tendenser i Danmark og Europa
(The Position of Art - Generel Trends in Cultural Policy in Europe)
1994, The Danish Research Council.
- Den kulturpolitiske redegørelse - Kulturens Politik i 17 bind Kulturens
Politik (Politics of Culture in Denmark) 1993-1996, The Danish Ministry of Culture.
Politics of Culture in Denmark, is the most comprehensive work available
on Danish cultural policy. The reports (17 volumes) describe, analyse and
evaluate the results achieved in the various branches of culture. A brief
presentation of the results in the different areas and the overall conclusion
has been published in English, German, French, Spanish and Danish in Politics
of Culture in Denmark - presentation, Danish Ministry of Culture:
- Spillet om ophavsretten (The International Play of Copyright)
1996, The Danish Ministry of Culture.
- Nordisk kulturpolitik under forandring (Nordic Cultural Policy in Transition)
1998-2003, Nordic Cultural Fund and the Cultural Ministries and Arts Councils of the Nordic countries. Extensive
description follows below.
Nordic Cultural Policy in Transition 1997-2003
Nordic Cultural Institute has since 1997 conducted the most comprehensive
project ever done on the cultural public policy in the Nordic Countries. The research
project was entitled Nordic Cultural Policy in Transition. It was implemented
with funding from the Nordic Cultural Fund, The Danish Ministry of Culture, the Arts
Council of Finland, the Norwegian Ministry of Cultural and Church Affairs and the
Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs.
The research project encompasses public cultural policies in the five Nordic countries,
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden; the autonomous territories, the Faeroe
Islands, Greenland and the Åland, the Saami regions as well as the Nordic cultural
cooperation under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The project was designed to describe, analyse and evaluate cultural policies on a
comparative basis, with an emphasis on the period after the Second World War.
The chief questions to be addressed were: What were the historical preconditions
that helped shape public cultural policy? What were the overriding objectives that
formed the basis of cultural policy? What measures have been used? What have been
the most relevant experiences? What differences and similarities have proved to be
significant? What challenges does cultural policy face at the start of a new century?
The project was carried out in the period between 1997-2003 with Cultural Sociologist
Peter Duelund, from the University of Copenhagen, as research director. Sixty
researchers from the Nordic countries and beyond have been involved with the project.
5 books have been published with the main results of the project.
The books are the first collection of documentation regarding cultural policy in Norden,
described and analysed in relation to cultural policy in the rest of Europe. The books
describe the current cultural policy's historical preconditions, the overriding
objectives, measures and experiences, and the comparative similarities and differences
between the countries.
In conclusion, we point to a range of dilemmas and challenges
that cultural policy in Norden is facing at the start of the 21st century: Are the
cultural policy's art- and culture concepts relevant? What will happen to cultural
policy's national orientation in the globalised future? Does art lose its intrinsic
value when art and culture are legitimised by economic and political goals. How can
public cultural policy help to insure artists' freedom and cultural democracy in the
new global order?
The books are the most comprehensive to date regarding description and analysis of
cultural policy in Norden. They are an indispensable tool for anyone who wishes to
concern themselves with art, culture and cultural policy and influence future cultural
The books are appropriate for teaching at universities, higher learning institutions,
high schools, colleges and public information organisations. They are directed towards
authorities, cultural administration, cultural institutions, organisations and information
associations, who wish to have a well-documented framework with which to form future
cultural policy. They are an important information tool, which every library should
Read more about the books by downloading our
brochure (PDF, 229kb) with comprehensive descriptions, or visit the
current publications page.
See also current research
and current publications.