Finnish Education System 2017-11-18T14:37:54+02:00

The Finnish Education System

Finland is renowned throughout the world for its high-quality education. Key words in Finnish education policy are quality, efficiency, equality and internationalisation.

The Finnish education system consists of

  • municipally-provided daycare for every child, plus a pre-school year for 6-year-olds
  • 9 years of compulsory comprehensive school (ages 7–16)
  • further general academic or vocational education
  • higher education consisting of two complementary sectors: universities and universities of applied sciences
  • lifelong adult education

A nation of high-quality learning

  • Finland’s education system was named the best in the world by the education firm Pearson in 2012
  • The UN’s Education Index lists Finland among the best education systems in the world
  • Finland received top results in all of the OECD’s PISA surveys held between 2000 and 2009
  • Finland has a literacy rate of 100%
  • 75% of Finns speak a foreign language, 50% speak two or more foreign languages
  • 40% of Finns have a degree from a university or a university of applied sciences
Image: City of Turku, Samu Valleala