Recognition and international comparability of qualifications

Recognition of qualifications refers to a decision on the eligibility that foreign qualifications provide when applying for a job or study place. In Finland, recognition decisions are made by different bodies for different purposes.

The Finnish National Agency for Education

Field-specific authorities decide on the professional rights that foreign qualifications give in Finland, within their area of competence (-> Professional rights on the basis of a foreign qualification).

Employers assess foreign qualification themselves when recruiting employees if national legislation does not specify qualification requirements for the position, such as a certain qualification, a qualification of a certain level, or professional practice rights.

Higher education institutions and other educational institutions decide on the eligibility that foreign qualifications give for further studies in Finland. They also decide on the recognition of studies completed abroad towards a qualification to be completed in Finland. On request, the Finnish National Agency for Education advises higher education institutions on matters that concern academic recognition.

The Finnish National Agency for Education has tasks which relate to how studies and professional qualifications completed in Finland are recognised abroad. The agency:

Click picture to open in new tab. You can also find the flow chart in Finnish, Swedish and Russian on the right side of the page.

Basic information on recognition of qualifications available in eleven languages

On its website the Finnish National Board of Education has published a brochure on recognition and comparability of qualifications. The brochure is available in Finnish, Swedish, Arabic, English, Spanish, Farsi, Chinese, Portuguese, French, Estonian and Russian.

The brochure describes the services that the Finnish National Board of Education provides for those who have completed qualifications abroad. It is aimed at persons who hold foreign qualifications and professionals who work in counselling and guidance.

Brochures in different languages can be found on the right side of this page.


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Brochure and flow chart on recognition


Flow chart