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About the data

Statistics published in this service are based on the data and registers collected by Statistics Finland, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish National Agency of Education and the Centre for International Mobility (CIMO).

Statistics Finland

Statistics Finland collects student data and data on qualifications and degrees attained during a calendar year. Such data is submitted by education providers, educational institutions and higher education institutions. Data is also gathered from municipalities on the cost and operation of municipal comprehensive school education (basic education). This data is required for the allocation of the central government transfers to local government.

Based on the data it collects, Statistics Finland maintains a register for qualifications and degrees, which combines population information provided by the Population Register Centre and data from the employment register, also maintained by Statistics Finland.

The population for the employment statistics refers to the population that is recorded as permanently resident in Finland on the last day of the year. The data is mainly derived from administrative registers and statistical data files.

Statistics Finland also collects data on teachers in comprehensive schools (basic education), upper secondary education and liberal (non-formal) adult education.

The Finnish National Agency of Education

The Finnish National Agency of Education collects cost and operational data from education providers. This data provides the basis for central government transfers to local government for comprehensive school education (basic education), upper secondary education and polytechnic education. Data on the cost and operation of municipal comprehensive school education (basic education) is collected by Statistics Finland.

The National Agency of Education maintains the joint application system and selection registers for upper secondary education and higher education. Data from these registers is also available for statistical use.

Ministry of Education and Culture

The Ministry of Education and Culture gathers data on operations and employees in polytechnics and universities, and financial data on universities.

CIMO

The Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) gathers data on student mobility in higher education.