The Finnish Institute in the Middle East is an academic institute which carries out research on Middle Eastern languages, cultures, and societies, supports Finnish Middle East research, and organises educational activities in cooperation with the Finnish universities. The Institute advances academic and cultural co-operation between Finland and the countries of the Middle East and promotes Finland in the region. The Institute is located in Beirut, Lebanon and it has a senior representative in Cairo.

The Finnish Institute in the Middle East is one of four Finnish academic institutes located outside of Finland and a member of the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes network. The Institute’s activities are funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, private foundations supporting letters and arts as well as various NGOs and private philanthropists.