Finnish education system

Equal opportunities to high-quality education

The main objective of Finnish education policy is to offer all citizens equal opportunities to receive education. The system is highly permeable, that is, there are no dead-ends preventing progression to higher levels of education. The focus in education is on learning rather than testing.

Basic education

Basic education aims to provide the pupils with the skills and knowledge needed in life and to support their growth towards humanity and ethically responsible membership of society.

Basic education lasts nine years (7-16). Schools do not select their students. Every student is allocated a place in a nearby school, but they can also choose another school with some restrictions.


Upper secondary education and training

After graduating from compulsory basic education school-leavers choose and apply for general or vocational upper secondary education. Both forms usually take three years to finish and give eligibility for higher education.


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