Published: 19 February 2013

Number of comprehensive schools 81 lower than one year before, highest number of closures in the Region of Uusimaa

According to Statistics Finland's Register of Providers of Education and Register of Educational Institutions, there were 783 active providers of education and 3,838 educational institutions in which 1.92 million students pursued studies at the end of 2012. The number of all educational institutions has fallen by 14 per cent in five years. In 2007, the number of comprehensive schools was nearly 3,300, whereas at the end of 2012 their number was only just under 2,800.

Number of all educational institutions and comprehensive schools in 2007–2012

Number of all educational institutions and comprehensive schools in 2007–2012
*Comprehensive schools include types 11,12,19 of educational institutions.

The number of providers of education was 3 lower than in 2011. Of the providers of education 47 per cent were municipalities or joint municipal boards, seven per cent were central government units and 44 per cent private. The remaining two per cent of the providers of education operated in the region of Åland. In 2012, there were 3 new providers of education to be added to the Register of Providers of Education. The number of educational institutions was 96 lower than the year before.

Educational institutions of the school system and numbers of students by type of educational institution in 2012

Type of educational institution Number Change from previous year 1) Students 2)
11 Comprehensive schools 3) 2 644 -73 520 000
12 Comprehensive school level special education schools 110 -8 5 600
15 Upper secondary general schools 381 -7 118 000
19 Comprehensive and upper secondary general level schools 3) 41 - 26 600
21 Vocational institutes 124 -5 176 200
22 Special needs vocational institutes 6 - 5 200
23 Specialised vocational institutes 34 0 28 600
24 Vocational adult education centres 26 - 36 700
28 Fire, police and security service institutes 1 - 300
29 Military vocational institutes 13 - ..
41 Polytechnics 27 - 147 700
42 Universities 16 - 168 200
43 Military academies 1 - 800
61 Music schools and colleges 88 - 66 700
62 Sports institutes 14 - 4 600
63 Folk high schools 80 -2 20 700
64 Adult education centres 195 -1 526 700
65 Study circle centres 10 - 33 700
66 Summer universities 20 - 34 900
99 Other educational institutions 7 - 600
Total 3 838 -96 1 921 800
1) The exact change is described in the appendix table 1.Changes from the previous year made to educational institutions of the school system by type of educational institution in 2012.
2) The data on the number of students are mainly as on 20 September 2012 and include the number of all students in educational institutions belonging to the type of educational institution independent of the level of education.
3) The type of educational institutions for two educational institutions was changed from type 11 to type 19.

There were 2,644 active comprehensive schools which had 520,000 pupils. Special education schools at the comprehensive school level numbered 110 and they had 5,600 pupils. A total of 80 comprehensive schools or comprehensive school level special education schools were closed down or merged with another educational institution. Of these, 12 were educational institutions with under 20 pupils, 33 had between 20 and 49 pupils while 35 had at least 50 pupils. The number of closures was the highest in the region of Uusimaa.

Of all comprehensive schools 74 per cent taught grades 1 to 6, 13 per cent taught grades 7 to 9 and 13 per cent of comprehensive schools taught grades from 1 through to 9. In all, 24 per cent of comprehensive schools had under 50 pupils and six per cent had over 500 pupils.


Source: Education Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mika Witting 09 1734 3571, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 19.2.2013

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Providers of education and educational institutions [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-5825. 2012. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.3.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/kjarj/2012/kjarj_2012_2013-02-19_tie_001_en.html