Why are Finnish schools so good


In Finland children start school at the age of seven. They then go to school together for nine years. So they are not divided into different types of school. A 10th school year can be added voluntarily. The primary school is called here Peruskoulu. Before that, all children must go to kindergarten for at least one year.

One goal is that as many pupils as possible can attend regular school together - even children with learning difficulties or handicapped children. There are a lot of remedial classes, also for children who come from abroad and do not speak Finnish very well.

Most students go to school after an exam, either to a vocational school or to high school (Lukio). The duration of the grammar school is generally three years. Most pupils do the Abitur after a total of twelve school years.

Finnish and Swedish

Since Finland officially has not only Finnish as an official language, but also Swedish, all students have to learn the other language. Classes are also offered in both languages, provided that Swedish-speaking children live in the community.


In Finland there are grades from 4 to 10. 10 is the best grade. Grades may only be awarded from the 5th grade, from the 7th grade onwards they are mandatory. Finland usually does well in international comparisons. Incidentally, only someone who has had very good grades can become a teacher. Group lessons and interdisciplinary learning in projects are part of the concept in Finland. This is called phenomenology here. By the way, there is also homework.


Not only is school attendance free in Finland, but also school books, transport to school in the school bus and lunch. The pupils in elementary schools take this up together with their teachers.