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Reputation by Committee? Finland’s Committee for International Information, 1988-1990

Reputation by Committee? Finland’s Committee for International Information, 1988-1990 Summary In October 1988, an ordinance of the Finnish government created the Committee for International Information ( Kansainvälisen tiedottamisen neuvottelukunta , or Kantine). Kantine came as the last of a series of Cold War efforts to centrally define an image of Finland fit for foreign consumption, and to establish the communication methods through which state authorities and their partners could use this image as an economic and political asset. Established under the coordination of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kantine acts as a window into the evolution of Finnish national image management and its state at the end of the Cold War. However, the context of the late 1980s and the desire of Kantine’s members to use the committee as the platform for a ‘wide societal debate on Finland in the twenty-first century’ gave it a broader scope than other ‘national image committees’ that had preceded it since 1945. This article will place Kantine in the evolution of Finland’s national image management and image policy, and will summarize its work and consequences. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Hague Journal of Diplomacy Brill

Reputation by Committee? Finland’s Committee for International Information, 1988-1990

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy , Volume 9 (2): 176 – Mar 31, 2014

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Brill
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1871-1901
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1871-191X
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10.1163/1871191X-12341275
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Abstract

Summary In October 1988, an ordinance of the Finnish government created the Committee for International Information ( Kansainvälisen tiedottamisen neuvottelukunta , or Kantine). Kantine came as the last of a series of Cold War efforts to centrally define an image of Finland fit for foreign consumption, and to establish the communication methods through which state authorities and their partners could use this image as an economic and political asset. Established under the coordination of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kantine acts as a window into the evolution of Finnish national image management and its state at the end of the Cold War. However, the context of the late 1980s and the desire of Kantine’s members to use the committee as the platform for a ‘wide societal debate on Finland in the twenty-first century’ gave it a broader scope than other ‘national image committees’ that had preceded it since 1945. This article will place Kantine in the evolution of Finland’s national image management and image policy, and will summarize its work and consequences.

Journal

The Hague Journal of DiplomacyBrill

Published: Mar 31, 2014

Keywords: Finland; Committee for International Information; Kansainvälisen tiedottamisen neuvottelukunta (Kantine); national image; communication methods; official image policy; public diplomacy

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