Education system in Finland


Education system in Finland

  • Early childhood education and care
    • provided for children before the compulsory education begins
  • Pre-primary education
    • provided for children in the year preceding the beginning of compulsory education
  • Nine-year basic education (comprehensive school), compulsory
  • Upper secondary education
    • either general upper secondary education or vocational education and training
  • Higher education provided by universities and universities of applied sciences

Furthermore, adult education is available at all levels. All the upper secondary vocational qualifications lead to a profession and give eligibility for further studies in Polytechnics and Universities. While studying for a vocational qualification, students can also pass the state matriculation examination.


Further information

Finnish national agency for education