The Finnish Institute in Rome is an academic institute dedicated to promoting humanities research and the arts, primarily related to Antiquity and Italy, to teaching, and to supporting its fellows and other researchers in their work in Italy. The Institute has been active since 1954 and is based in Villa Lante, a Renaissance villa in Rome.
A private Finnish foundation, Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, maintains the Institute, with core funding from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and grants from Finnish foundations that support research. The Foundation has investment assets from private donations, the proceeds of which are used to support the Institute’s activities. The Foundation accepts bequests.
The Institute staff in Rome are the director, vice director, intendant, and administrator, a caretaker and two housekeepers. The Institute also provides internships to Finnish university students and recent graduates. The general secretary of the Foundation that runs the Institute is based in Helsinki.