Originally founded by a group of writers, The Finnish Dramatists' Union has been in active operation since 1921. Today the Union comprises over 450 members who work as professional script writers for stage, film, television, radio and multimedia. Both Finnish and Swedish-speaking authors are represented by the Union.

The Union protects the professional, copyright and financial interests of its individual members, and handles the rights of properties owned by other controlling bodies such as Estates. In addition to negotiating and issuing contracts, we develop codes of practice in co-operation with theatres, television channels and producers. We also work closely with various artistic, copyright and public affairs organisations in order to further the aims of professional writers.

The Union maintains a library of plays by Finnish authors. We disseminate play texts and handle performance contracts both in Finland and abroad. We can also offer advice on choosing a play for production and answer enquires concerning copyright matters, contract issues and grant applications.

Over the years, and alongside the evolution of new forms of media, the main purpose of the Finnish Dramatists' Union has remained largely unchanged: our goal is still to serve the needs of Finnish authors and to promote Finnish drama.


Executive Director: Minna Sirnö
E:mail: info(at)
Tel: + 358 9 135 6191
Fax: +358 9 135 6171
Postal Address: The Finnish Dramatists' Union
Meritullinkatu 33 G, FIN-00170


Heini Junkkaala, Chair
Jukka Asikainen, Vice Chair

Board Members:

Markku Hoikkala, Jorma Kairimo, Satu Rasila, Mika Ripatti, Laura Ruohonen, Anna Simberg, Raija Talvio, Paavo Westerberg

Minna Sirnö


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Collective Agreements

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Playdatabases in Finland

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Writer's Residences in Finland

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Branch publications

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