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Submissions to UNESCO

Finland launches preparation of nominations for inscription on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. First on sauna culture in Finland and then on Kaustinen fiddling tradition.

Finland is preparing to nominate two elements for inscription on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Preparations for the nomination of the sauna culture in Finland will begin first. The nomination was submitted to UNESCO in March 2019 and the decision will be given in December 2020. The next element to be nominated is the Kaustinen folk fiddling tradition. The Finnish Heritage Agency, mandated by the Ministry of Education and Culture, is responsible for the preparation of the nominations in cooperation with background communities.

Sauna bathing is a significant element of the Finnish way of life. This multifaceted tradition has long roots and is cherished by the whole nation. In addition, the preparation of a nomination of the Kaustinen folk fiddling tradition will be launched. The folk fiddling style has been a living element of the community in Kaustinen since the 17th century. The fiddling tradition, passed on from one generation to the next mainly within families, continues to live today in the form of the Näppäri Method and the annual Kaustinen Folk Music Festival.

Decisions on the nominations to be submitted to UNESCO will be made by the Ministry of Education and Culture based on a proposal of the Finnish Heritage Agency and the expert group on intangible heritage. The Finnish Heritage Agency, together with the communities behind the cultural heritage elements, is responsible for the preparation.