Nordic Culture Point is a strong and innovative Nordic cultural player active throughout the Nordic region. Nordic Culture Point, which began operations in its current form as of 1.1.2012, results from the fusion of The Nordic Institute in Finland (Nifin) and the former Nordic Culture Point. The new institute is a central Nordic meeting point located in Finland. It spreads knowledge of and interest in the Nordic region, and administers the Nordic Council of Ministers’ two cultural funding programmes. Additionally, the institute provides a point of contact for Nordic cultural cooperation and information about that cooperation in the Nordic region and beyond. Nordic Culture Point's director, is Per Voetmann, and the institute has offices in central Helsinki and Suomenlinna. The institute is a Nordic Council of Ministers institution.