Frequently asked questions
On this page, we have gathered information on various aspects of the National Board of Education. If you can not find the answer, you can submit your question by using the form at the bottom of the page.
Usually the admission to upper secondary level education in Finland takes place annually in joint admission from mid- February to early. With the exception of IB-programmes and a couple of English taught schools, the education included in the joint application is conducted in either Finnish or Swedish More information in Studyinfo.
You can also a apply in a rolling admission, you can find out about procedures here
In Finland, we have a very decentralised system and municipalities – as providers of education – as well schools and educational institutions have high level of independency.. We recommend you contact the education department of your chosen city/municipality to receive information about local education services. You may also contact schools directly.
More general information about moving to and living in Finland is available here
More information about curricula:
Early childhood education
The curriculum for early childhood education can be accessed here
The Finnish version for pre-primary education can be accessed here
Primary and lower secondary education
The Finnish version for primary and lower secondary education (basic education) can be accessed here
English version can be purchased from our web pages and it is available here
If you are not interested in purchasing the whole document, information on the national core curriculum can also be found on the Eurydice (European Commission) website:
General upper secondary education
If you are interested in the national core curriculum in general upper secondary education, you can buy it here
The Finnish version for upper secondary education national core curriculum can be accessed here
Some of the qualifications for vocational education are available in English here
Finland does not have a centralised learning material system and there is no inspection of learning materials. Learning materials are mostly produced by commercial publishers. The Finnish National Agency for Education produces learning material with a small circulation and for minority groups to complement the commercial supply. The education providers acquire all the needed learning materials. Usually teachers themselves choose the textbooks and other materials they want to use, and they may also create their own learning materials. Teachers and education providers may utilise a national website that contains information and support for teaching, such as online learning material.
The site is maintained and updated by the Finnish National Agency for Education.
Since learning materials are not within our mandate, we do not monitor how a specific subject is addressed.
For a detailed description of the Finnish education system, please visit the Eurydice (European Commission) website: https://eurydice.eacea.ec.europa.eu/national-education-systems/finland/finland
There is lot of useful information on our web pages. Here are some links.
Finnish education in a nutshell
Information about primary and lower secondary education national core curriculum
More information about general upper secondary education can be found below
If you wish to know more about vocational upper secondary education, more information can be found for example here
If you wish to know more about higher education, more information van be found in Studyinfo here
All subjects for which the decision from the Finnish National Agency for Education can provide eligibility are listed on the application form for the recognition of qualifications.
These subjects are:
- Mother tongue and literature (Finnish, Swedish, Sami)
- Second national language (Finnish, Swedish, Sami)
- Foreign language (English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Latin, Portuguese, French, German, Russian, Estonian)
- Health education
- Social Studies
- Physical education
- Home economics