Published: 9 June 2016

Number of students in upper secondary general education almost unchanged

According to Statistics Finland's education statistics, a total of 104,100 students attended upper secondary general school education leading to a qualification in 2015. The number of students increased by 0.1 per cent from the previous year. A total of 30,600 matriculation examinations were completed. The figure was 1,000 lower than one year before. Fifty-seven per cent of the students and passers of the matriculation examination were women

Students in upper secondary general education and matriculation examinations 2001–2015

Students in upper secondary general education and matriculation examinations 2001–2015

Upper secondary general education was provided in 397 educational institutions. There were 17 fewer upper secondary general schools than one year earlier. Education in Swedish was offered in 36 upper secondary schools and six per cent of the students in upper secondary general school education studied at these schools.

Of all students, 1,700 studied for an international matriculation examination. The International Baccalaureate examination was passed by 400 students in 16 upper secondary schools, the European Baccalaureate examination by 19 students at the European School of Helsinki, and the Reifeprüfung by 45 students in the Helsingin saksalainen koulu (the German School of Helsinki).

From 2005 to 2015, the number of educational institutions providing upper secondary general school education has fallen by 74. Over the same period, the number of students in upper secondary general school has diminished by 12 per cent. The number of matriculation examinations has gone down by ten per cent in ten years. Throughout the 2000s, over one-half of the students and passers of the matriculation examination have been women.


Source: Education, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Pirkko Kumpulainen 029 551 3580, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Upper secondary general school education [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-165X. 2015. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 18.7.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/lop/2015/lop_2015_2016-06-09_tie_001_en.html