Published: 13 June 2017

Number of students in upper secondary general education decreased slightly

According to Statistics Finland's education statistics, a total of 103,600 students attended upper secondary general school education leading to a qualification in 2016. The number of students decreased by 0.5 per cent from the previous year. A total of 30,500 matriculation examinations were completed. The figure was 100 lower than one year before. Fifty-seven per cent of the students and fifty-eight per cent of passers of the matriculation examination were women.

Students in upper secondary general education and matriculation examinations 2006 — 2016

Students in upper secondary general education and matriculation examinations 2006 — 2016

Upper secondary general education was provided in 389 educational institutions. There were 342 upper secondary general schools, eight fewer 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, 1,800 studied for an international matriculation examination. The International Baccalaureate examination was passed by 423 students in 17 upper secondary schools, the European Baccalaureate examination by 8 students at the European School of Helsinki, and the Reifeprüfung by 24 students in the Helsingin saksalainen koulu (the German School of Helsinki).

From 2006 to 2016, the number of educational institutions providing upper secondary general school education has fallen by 72. 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 seven per cent in ten years. Throughout the 2000’s, over one-half of the students and passers of the matriculation examination have been women.


Source: Education, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Leena Halinen 029 551 3288, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 13.6.2017

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Upper secondary general school education [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-165X. 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 25.11.2017].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/lop/2016/lop_2016_2017-06-13_tie_001_en.html

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