Active participation of Hungary in the programme of Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2016 is a welcome and exciting development for the international Finno-Ugric movement. While for the City of Veszprém this is the second attempt at the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture title, the other two candidates - Iszkaszentgyörgy and Nagykálló - participate in the programme for the first time.

Winner of the Finno-Ugric Capital of 2016 competition will be selected and announced on July 31 by a 5-member independent international jury on the last day of the Congress of Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples that will be held in Tartu (Estonia) on July 29-31.

Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture is an initiative of MAFUN – Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples – with the objectives to strengthen common identity of kindred Finno-Ugric and Samoyedic peoples, to raise awareness of Finno-Ugric and Samoyedic peoples and languages and the Uralic language family, and to stimulate cultural, economic and civic development on a local level. First-ever Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture was Udmurtian village Bygy ( in 2014 and the current holder of this title is Seto village Obinitsa – Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2015 (   

More information about the competition of Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture is available on the programme website .


Oliver Loode

Programme Bureau of Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture

Tel. +372 513 2992