On January 2022, the national Financial Literacy Centre will be opened and begin operating at the Bank of Finland Museum. The Bank of Finland Museum provides visitors with an overview of the history of money and central banking activities and is tasked with promoting the general public’s knowledge on the economy, the country’s central bank and the wider Eurosystem. The work of the Financial Literacy Centre at the Museum will focus on promoting people’s financial and economic know-how and supporting the future national strategy on financial literacy, which is being led by the Ministry of Justice.
The goal of the Financial Literacy Centre, also set out in the national financial literacy strategy, is that Finland will have the world’s best financial literacy by 2030.
“The strategy work in 2020 was led by the Bank of Finland, with valuable contributions from the country’s key players in financial and economic education. For the Bank, improving and maintaining the general public’s financial literacy is very important, and this is best achieved in cooperation with the stakeholders involved. The Museum’s Financial Literacy Centre will now be focusing on putting this into practice,” says Bank of Finland Governor Olli Rehn.
The Bank of Finland Museum will continue to operate as a museum, but the opening of the Financial Literacy Centre will mean that in future the Museum’s exhibitions, tour information and events will feature more content relating to the promotion of financial literacy. The Centre will be able to start operating fully once the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided, but until then it will hold a series of virtual seminars on financial and economic topics on an almost weekly basis.
Financial Literacy Centre launch on 27 January 2022
The launch of the Financial Literacy Centre will take place online on 27 January 2022. The event will begin at 15:30, although participants will be able to connect from 15:20. The event will end at 17:10. It will be open to all and will be live streamed from the Museum.
The speakers will be Minister of Finance Annika Saarikko, Bank of Finland Governor Olli Rehn, Bank of Finland Financial Literacy Adviser Anu Raijas and Permanent Secretary Pekka Timonen from the Ministry of Justice. The event will be hosted by the Bank of Finland’s Head of Communications, Jenni Hellström.
More information on the launch of the Financial Literacy Centre is available on the website of the Bank of Finland Museum.
The Bank of Finland Museum presents the history of money and central banking activities right in the heart of Helsinki at Snellmaninkatu 2, where it backs on to Helsinki Cathedral and is just a stone’s throw from the Bank of Finland itself. The Museum is designed to appeal to all who have an interest in the economy and society. Entry is free of charge, and you can explore the Museum at any time during its opening hours (Tue–Fri 11:00–17:00 and Sat–Sun 11:00–16:00). Further information: https://www.rahamuseo.fi/en/.