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Pre-primary and basic education

Basic education is mainly provided in comprehensive schools. Basic education consists of grades 1-9 and is for all children between 7 and 16 years. Basic education can also include a voluntary additional year (grade 10).  

A new preparatory education for programmes leading to an upper secondary qualification (TUVA) will be introduced in August 2022. It will combine voluntary additional basic education, preparatory education for general upper secondary education and preparatory education and training for vocational education and training.

Pre-primary education is systematic education and instruction provided in the year preceding the start of basic education. It is given in schools or in early childhood education and care (ECEC) centers.

Statistics on pre-primary and basic education include information on the following topics: pupils, completion of basic education, subject choices in basic education, the network of educational institutions, pupils receiving special and intensified support, and personnel in basic education. Different topics can be selected on the left side of the screen.

The statistics are based on data and registers collected by Statistics Finland and on KOSKI, a National Registry and Data Transfer Service for Study Rights and Completed Studies, maintained by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

Data collected by Statistics Finland is available from 2000 onwards, and data based on the KOSKI database is mainly available from 2020 onwards. There are also regularly updating reports based on the KOSKI data. These reports contain information which updates monthly. Regularly updating reports are available on pupils, on completion of basic education and on the network of educational institutions.