Education lies at the heart of Finnish society
Finland has reinvented itself in just one short century – and we’re still at it. Our national character and Northern heritage have boosted us to the top of many kinds of country rankings. The Finnish people highly value education. In Finland, the teaching profession is highly respected and most people consider the comprehensive school as one of the most noteworthy factors in Finnish history.
The welfare of Finnish society is based on knowledge and expertise – citizens need equal learning opportunities in order to secure and improve their know-how. Student performance in Finland is among the world’s best and excellent learning outcomes are achieved with just average expenditure.
As there are so few of us, we can’t afford to leave anyone behind. Finland’s education system offers all of its citizens equal opportunities for learning, irrespective of their domicile, gender, socio-economic status or linguistic and cultural background.
Education is free at all levels, from pre-primary to tertiary education. School meals are offered free of charge all the way from pre-primary to upper secondary level. Most education is publicly funded. In order to maximize the potential of every individual, learning and welfare are extensively supported and tailored to individual needs.