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Culture 2020 and design

On 21 November 2013, the Government of the Republic adopted a document on the main principles of cultural policy, which outlines the plans for promoting Estonian culture in 2014-2020.

“The general principles of cultural policy until 2020” contains the principles of cultural policy formation and implementation, as well as priorities for each field. Drafting these principles was based on over four hundred propositions gathered at different stages, and the process included professional associations as well as government institutions.

The general principles of cultural policy were adopted by the Parliament on 12 February 2014.

Development priorities for the area of design until 2020

In the area of design, the state has set the following principles and priorities:

  • The role of design is to contribute to the development of innovative, functional, environmentally sustainable, user-friendly and attractive products and services and to creating safe and welcoming environments.
  • The state supports the activities of designers and design agencies, because quality design helps create added value in other sectors of the economy and, therefore, increases the international competitiveness of Estonian enterprises.
  • State support measures are directed at increasing the demand for quality design and product development based on quality design. This increases the emphasis on design in public procurements, raises awareness about design and facilitates cooperation between designers, enterprises, and research institutions through supporting the funding of projects, innovation shares, and entrepreneurship centres. It is important to raise the general public awareness about the cultural, social, economic, and environmental value of design and to continue promoting Estonian design in the international arena.

  • In order to raise the quality of designer training, studies need to be international, foster internship opportunities at various enterprises and include joint curricula and projects between universities that provide education in design and technology. When developing curricula, it must be ensured that representatives of businesses are involved.


Last updated: 14 May 2019