Education is one of the cornerstones of the Finnish welfare society. Finnish educational system offers equal educational opportunities for all. It is worth to not that education all the way from pre-primary to higher education is free of charge in Finland. Finnish teachers are highly educated.
The Finnish education system consists of:
- early childhood education and care which is provided for children before the compulsory education begins,
- pre-primary education which is provided for children in the year preceding the beginning of compulsory education,
- nine-year of primary and lower secondary education (comprehensive school), which is compulsory
- upper secondary education, which is either general upper secondary education or vocational education and training, and
- higher education provided by universities and universities of applied sciences.
Furthermore, adult education is available at all levels.
Source: Ministry of Education and Culture, www.okm.fi