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Number of students in educational institutions in Finland 2019, by institution

With over half a million students, comprehensive schools accounted for the largest educational institution in Finland in 2019. These schools provide elementary education and include primary schools (grades 1 to 6) and secondary schools (grades 7 to 9).

The region of Uusimaa with the largest amount of pupils

Uusimaa, the region with the capital city Helsinki, encompasses the highest number of comprehensive schools in the country in 2019. Therefore, with roughly 170 thousand pupils, the region also had the largest amount of children attending primary and secondary schools.

Finland’s student performance falling

Finland is globally acknowledged as one of the top countries when it comes to the education system. The country ranked first in the quality of primary education in 2017 to 2018, passing countries such as Singapore and Belgium. However, while the pupils in the country perform well overall, the student performance according to the PISA score has decreased since 2009, especially with boys.

Number of students in educational institutions in Finland in 2019, by type of institution

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Release date

February 2020



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Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "The data on the number of students are mainly as on 20 September 2019 and include the number of all students in educational institutions belonging to the type of educational institution independent of the level of education. Data on the number of students at universities, universities of applied sciences, vocational institutions and upper secondary institutions is preliminary."

* Comprehensive schools are schools providing elementary education. These include primary schools (grades 1-6) and secondary schools (grades 7-9).

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