Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation is a private, Finnish cultural foundation and was established in 1942 by a seacaptain, a shipowner and an industrialist Antti Wihuri and his wife Jenny.


The purpose of the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation is to promote and support cultural and economic development in Finland. The wording is not overly specific and so a wide range of activities are possible. The Foundation fulfills its purpose by distributing grants and awards and otherwise by giving financial aid to activities, thus furthering the cultural and economic life of the country.

Grants and awards

The Foundation's grants and awards are distributed annually on Mr. Antti Wihuri's birthday, October 9th. To date Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation has given grants and awards totaling about 262.600.000 euros to various associations and individual scientists and artists. Year 2014 distribution was 11.000.000 euros.

Wihuri Research Institute

The Wihuri Research Institute ( was founded in 1944. It's purpose, as stated in its regulations, is to create conditions for Finnish scientists considered to be especially talented in the fields of natural sciences, medicine or technology, to develop their accomplishments as far as possible, so that, free from all other duties, they can devote themselves entirely to their research and by drawing benefit from all recent achievements of science, strive to create something new for the benefit of mankind.

The Wihuri Research Institute (WRI) has become widely known in medical circles for its work on diseases of the heart and circulatory system. Contacts with researchers overseas are extensive.

Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation Art Collection

Since 1957 the Foundation has assembled an important and valuable collection of Finnish art. The collection was donated 1983 to the City of Rovaniemi ( and named as the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation Art Collection. It contains more than 2.500 works of art and, guided by experts, the Foundation continues to purchase the work of living Finnish artists.


The Foundation is governed by an eight-member Board of Trustees and administered under the direction of Executive Director, Mr. Arto Mäenmaa.


Address: Arkadiankatu 21 A 14
FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland
Telephone +358-9-454 2400
Fax +358-9-444 590