The selection of an element into the National Inventory of Living Heritage is a recognition to the communities that work with the traditions. At the same time, it brings them one step closer
to being recognized internationally.
Behind this is UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Finland signed the Convention in 2013. The resulting inventory is a tool which can be used to identify,
describe and convey knowledge about and information on living traditions.
The National Inventory of Living Heritage is based on the proposals of the National Board of Antiquities and the advisory group on intangible cultural heritage. Experts in the various fields of ICH
have also assessed the proposals. Later, it is possible for elements in the National Inventory to be nominated for inclusion in UNESCO's international lists of intangible cultural heritage.
The Ministry of Education and Culture decides on Finland’s nominations. A maximum of one national nomination per year can be submitted to UNESCO. In addition, it is possible to submit
multinational nominations or apply for the inclusion in the Register of good practices.
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