The Seinäjoki City Museums takes responsibility in maintaining and strengthening the South Ostrobothnians’ understanding of their culture, history and surroundings.                                    The museum activities include maintaining collections and organising exhibitions and museum education, research and workshop activities. The museum offers expert assistance in matters related to its field and support in building renovations. 



The Regional Art Museum of Southern Ostrobothnia, Nelimarkka Museum, is situated in Alajärvi and operates in the area of 16 municipalities. The mission of the museum is the knowledge, expertise and research as well as publishing and exhibition activities related to the artist, professor Eero Nelimarkka (1891–1977) and his art. The museum´s interests lie in art education and co-operation. In Villa Nelimarkka the museum runs the Nelimarkka Residency, where foreign artists have the opportunity to work and get to know the region and its people.



The City of Kauhava Museum maintains, in cooperation with local heritage and cultural associations, a rich collection of museums and cultural historical sights. The museums include, for example, the Kauhava Knife and Textile Museum and Finland’s Jaeger Museum 



City of Ähtäri  is located in southern South Ostrobothnia, neighbouring the regions of Central Finland and Pirkanmaa (Birkaland, Tampere Region). The municipality is known for the Ähtäri Zoo that has fascinated visitors for over 45 years with the two giant pandas as their newest residents. Ähtäri is also home to Pirkanpohja Art Centre that holds a collection of sculptor and professor Eero Hiironen’s works of art.   


South Ostrobothnia Tourism: relaxation holiday, sports activities or cultural entertainment, the choice is all yours! Welcome to South Ostrobothnia!

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The Seinäjoki Unit of the Sibelius Academy (part of Uniarts Helsinki) organises MA level and supplementary education. Established in 1991, the unit is an active player in Seinäjoki musical scene. It also leads research and development activities on music and creative industries.  

  Finnish Cultural Foundation / The South Ostrobothnia Regional Fund

The South Ostrobothnia Regional Fund is one of the Finnish Cultural Foundation's 17 regional funds. It was founded in 1959 as part of the Ostrobothnia Fund together with the Central Ostrobothnia Fund. The South Ostrobothnia Fund became a separate entity in 1963. The Fund is devoted to promoting and developing the arts, the sciences, and other fields of endeavour in the historic province of South Ostrobothnia – by providing grants and awards, and organising other activities.



The Ostrobothnian Built Heritage Association  was founded in 2013. The association is bilingual (Finnish and Swedish) and acts in the region of the historical Vaasa Province. Common elements for this region are the objectives of rural built and tangible heritage. 


The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres) are responsible for the regional implementation and development tasks of the central government. Finland has a total of 15 ELY Centres, which are tasked with promoting regional competitiveness, well-being and sustainable development and curbing climate change. 


   Ruralia Institute, Seinäjoki Unit (University of Helsinki)

The Ruralia Institute, a part of the University of Helsinki and with a branch in Seinäjoki, examines sustainable development and the changing relationship between global and local issues from the perspective of rural areas. Core areas of research include phenomena in the fields of entrepreneurship and well-being from the perspective of rural areas.



LEADER Liiveri is a local action group (LAG) for rural development in South Ostrobothnia. The Development Association of Seinäjoki Region was founded in 1997. To maintain the vitality of the region Liiveri offers partial EU-funding for enterprises and development projects. The members of the association are active private people, representatives of associations, enterprises and public communities.


The  Cultural Board of the Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia is an official part of the RCSO’s activities for regional development. The board brings together representatives from different parties in the region to negotiate cultural development and respective tools. The Cultural Board acts as an decision making body.