Finland: students in educational institutions in 2018, by type of institution

With over half a million students, comprehensive schools accounted for the largest educational institution in Finland in 2018. These schools provide compulsory 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 2018. Therefore, with roughly 168 thousand pupils, the region also had the largest amount of children attending primary and secondary schools. In the beginning of autumn of 2018, nearly 19 thousand new pupils began their comprehensive education in Uusimaa.

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 2018, by type of institution

Number of students*
Total1,844,600
Comprehensive schools**541,200
Adult education centres465,400
Vocational institutes189,100
Universities158,200
Universities of applied sciences145,500
Upper secondary general schools109,900
Music schools and colleges62,800
Comprehensive and upper secondary general level schools28,400
Study circle centres28,000
Specialised vocational institutes25,500
Summer universities24,900
Folk high schools18,600
Vocational adult education centres18,100
Sports institutes18,000
Special needs vocational institutes5,000
Comprehensive school level special education schools4,200
Military academies1,000
Other educational institutions500
Fire, police and security service institutes300
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Source

Release date

February 2019

Region

Finland

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

* Additional information as provided by the source:
"The data on the number of students are mainly as on 20 September 2018 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 compulsory education. These include primary schools (grades 1-6) and secondary schools (grades 7-9).

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