Policy-wise, sustainability within the cultural field is a topic within the context of the development plan Sustainable Estonia 21. The General Principles of Cultural Policy up to 2020 also draws on the national strategy as formulated in Sustainable Estonia 21, which has the viability of the local cultural space as one of its objectives.
In Sustainable Estonia 21, it is formulated that Estonia is sustainable when the preservation of the Estonian cultural space, the growth of welfare of people, the coherence of the society and the balance with nature are all ensured. All of these goals are important, none of them can be substituted with another one. Therefore, the development goals have to be treated as a holistic system which is to be considered and taken into account in an integral manner to ensure sustainability.
Sustainability of the Estonian nation and culture constitutes the cornerstone of the sustainable development of Estonia. The development goal postulating this has a fundamental meaning, as the persistence of ‘Estonianhood’ is the highest priority among the development goals of Estonia.