Italy Foreign Cultural Policy

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for foreign cultural relations. With regard to cultural activities ist cooperates with the Ministry of Culture, and with regard to educational matters, with the Ministry of Education. The Italian cultural institutes "Istituti Italiani di Cultura" are attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Their mission is to represent Italian culture abroad and to organise cultural events. There are 93 Italian cultural institutes worldwide; of these, 46 are in Europe. They have neither an administrative headquarters of their own, nor a uniform website.
The Società Dante Alighieri with its headquarters in Rome, with 3,300 branch offices worldwide, also plays a role in spreading the Italian language and disseminating Italian culture worldwide. 

Basic information on Italy's foreign cultural policy

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