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6. Education and Training

Last update: 28 November 2023

Finland is famous for its well working and equal school and education system. One key factor is that in both in formal and non-formal education the responsibility of how to organise the services is given to local-level municipalities, educational institutions and teachers. In the next sub-chapter Youth Wiki/Finland 6.1 General context, the results of two international studies (OECD’s PISA and Education and Training Monitor EU Analysis) — which have made Finland so famous — are outlined. When summarising these results, it can be said that in Finland the learning results are excellent, teachers are proud of their profession and the overall life satisfaction reported by students is better than in many other countries. On the other hand, the new government argues in its Government programme for 2019-2023, that, in order to be ‘an equal society, it needs to continually seek to provide opportunities for every citizen to study to their full potential.’ Generally speaking, the government programme has instigated a lot of national discussion among citizens, experts and media, especially regarding its suggestion to raise the minimum school leaving age to 18 years, which has been in force since 2021 (see more Youth Wiki/Finland 6.10 Current debates and reforms).