Welcome to Luckan!

You can find Luckan at ten locations in Finland, from Borgå in the east to Karleby in the northwest. At Luckan.fi you can choose your location.

If you are new to Finland, please visit our welcome page here.

If you are here to find fast information on who the Finland-Swedes are, visit our page on Svenskfinland.fi.

Luckan™ in Helsinki is the Finland-Swedish information and cultural centre for the population of the metropolitan area of Finland. Luckan offers the public a wide range of citizen services and activities in Swedish in cooperation with other language and cultural groups. Locally, regionally and nationally.

As a cross-border operator from the third sector Luckan has a natural mandate to contribute in various ways to profile the Swedish public face of Finland and improve the Swedish services in the region. The association also serves as project launcher and principal for many public utilities. As a cultural center Luckan offers artists the space and opportunity to implement cultural events for the public.

During 2014 the Luckan centre will be open 37 hours per week. The program activities usually takes place outside the opening hours. Please check our website for further information.

In Luckan you will find:

  • A Finland-Swedish room for anyone
  • Cultural events, theme days, press conferences and more
  • Free usage of Internet, in most Luckan offices you may use modern computers for information search and emailing
  • Information on the Finland-Swedish society
  • Read Finland-Swedish news papers from all over Finland and over sixty branch magazines

Luckan offers information on:

  • Events with Finland-Swedish elements
  • Education, courses and general funding
  • Finno-Swedish organisations and societies
  • social welfare, day care and language care
  • possibilities for staying abroad, voluntary work
  • help in society sectors, social help andwelfare

Luckan shop sells, among other things:

  • tickets to a broad spectra of events
  • Finland-Swedish products, handicraft
  • Finland-Swedish CD:s and MC:s
  • Books relating to the Finland-Swedish society

History
The Finland-Swedish information centre LUCKAN was founded in April 1992 on Nylands svenska landskapsförbund’s and Mellannylandsprojektet’s initiative. The aim was to create a Finland-Swedish service- and meeting point that could serve the around 70.000 Swedish speaking and bilingual citizens of Mellannyland (Middle Newland*).
In November 1998 LUCKAN moved into The Glass Palace and by the year 2000 LUCKAN was registered as an independent association. Organisations behind Luckan are Sydkustens Landskapsförbund, Svenska Studieförbundet, Samfundet Folkhälsan, Föreningen Konstsamfundet and Understödsföreningen för Svenska Kulturfonden.

By March 2004 Luckan obtained new favourable premises in the Forum block, were the activity continues.

The name LUCKAN has perplexed many, and means window (ticket window), it comes from when LUCKAN started its business giving social- and cultural information through a ticket window in the Swedish Theatre of Helsinki. At that time LUCKAN was an information window similar in size to the ticket windows around it.
* Middle Newland, part of Uusimaa province of Southern Finland, main city is the capital Helsingfors.

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