Published: 25 May 2011

Language choices of comprehensive school pupils in 2010

According to Statistics Finland, English was the most commonly studied foreign language on grades 1 to 6 of comprehensive school in the autumn semester of 2010. Sixty-seven per cent of the pupils attending grades 1 to 6 studied English either as a compulsory or optional foreign language. The percentages of pupils studying other foreign languages remained at 5 per cent or below. A total of 345,615 pupils attended grades 1 to 6. 177 312 of the pupils were boys and 168 303 were girls. Nearly all pupils attending grades 7 to 9 studied both English and Swedish or Finnish either as mother tongue, or as a compulsory, optional or elective foreign language. German was studied by 11 per cent and French by 6 per cent of the pupils attending grades 7 to 9, mainly as an optional or elective foreign language. A total of 186,368 pupils attended grades 7 to 9. 95 175 of the pupils were boys and 91 193 were girls.

Language choices of comprehensive school pupils in 2010

  Compulsory language A1 Optional language A2 Compulsory language B1 Elective language B2 Total Share of pupils in grades 1-6 % Share of pupils in grades 7-9 %
Grades Studied language              
Grades 1-6 English 218 458 13 365 - - 231 823 67.1 -
Swedish 2 919 12 625 - - 15 544 4.5 -
Finnish 14 016 1 086 - - 15 102 4.4 -
French 2 164 4 439 - - 6 603 1.9 -
German 3 076 9 042 - - 12 118 3.5 -
Russian 843 810 - - 1 653 0.5 -
Sami 1 210 - - 211 0.1 -
Other 253 626 - - 879 0.3 -
Grades 7-9 English 170 345 14 252 310 100 185 007 - 99.3
Swedish 1 856 12 786 156 747 7 171 396 - 92.0
Finnish 10 071 1 058 209 2 11 340 - 6.1
French 1 234 3 689 229 5 896 11 048 - 5.9
German 1 659 9 038 391 8 513 19 601 - 10.5
Russian 518 331 - 1 706 2 555 - 1.4
Sami 3 34 - 6 43 - 0.0
Latin 0 0 - 342 342 - 0.2
Other 27 269 - 2 267 2 563 - 1.4

Source: Education. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Irma Suovirta (09) 1734 3280, Maija Sikanen (09) 1734 2292, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 25.5.2011

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Subject choices of students [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-1056. Subject choices of comprehensive school pupils 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 23.5.2019].
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