The aim of the 90-year-old Finnish-British Society has always been to strengthen friendship and cultural relations between Finland and Britain by making British culture known in Finland. In the early years of our history, the society arranged both formal and informal meetings, lectures, social gatherings and language courses. English is the language the society uses at meetings and social events, and in its correspondence.

The Society had its inaugural meeting on 15th April 1926, due to the initiative of Mr Jaakko Kahma, a businessman occupying an important position in Finnish trade with Britain. In the early days of the society, meetings were held regularly and talks were given by visiting English lecturers.

After a hiatus brought about by the Second World War, the society resumed its activities in 1945. A decision was made to organise a regular English-teaching activity and British teachers were recruited through the British Council as full-time teachers, supported by part-time Finnish and British teachers.

In 1953, the society acquired its own premises on Puistokatu. In December 2006, the society moved to Fredrikinkatu, where it continues to provide English Language training and cultural activities to this day.

During the past 30 years, the society has held a prominent position in the field of English Language training in Helsinki. Having proficiency in English, particularly with regard to professional life in Finland, is increasingly important. Language excellence is a core competence when looking for a competitive advantage in foreign markets and international communication.

In autumn 2006, the Finnish-British Society adopted the name FINNBRIT, with an emphasis on language courses and cultural activities.

FINNBRIT provides and supports Finnish–British cultural events and social activities, as well as co-operation with affiliated groups such as the Finn-Brit Players, The Really Small Theatre Company, Helsinki Morrisers and International Folk Club. By networking with other similar organisations, FINNBRIT aims to develop and promote many well-established activities for the Finnish-British community in the Helsinki area.

In addition, FINNBRIT organises the Essay Writing Competition in January in co-operation with the Federation of the Finnish-British Societies.