Published: 24 April 2007

University students numbered 176,500 in 2006

Revised 24.1.2008. The number of students in education leading to a bachelor´s degree or master´s degree has been revised.

The table by region has been changed on 26 April 2007. The numbers of Uusimaa, Päijät-Häme and Ostrobothnia have been changed.

According to Statistics Finland, a total of 176,500 students attended university education leading to a degree in 2006. In 2006 the highest numbers of students were studying in the fields of science and technology, natural sciences and humanities. Of all students, 251) per cent were studying for a lower tertiary degree and 612) for a higher tertiary degree. A total of 14 per cent of all students were studying at the doctorate level of attending specialist training of doctors.

The proportion of women of all students attending education leading to a degree was 54 per cent and their proportion of new students was 57 per cent. In relative terms, the highest number of women studied in the field of health sciences and the lowest in the field of science and technology.

In 2006 the number of foreign students attending university education leading to a degree was 5,400, which is 500 more than in 2005. Women made up 42 per cent of all foreign students. Examined by continent, the highest number of foreign students came from Europe and Asia. The highest numbers of foreign students were studying in the fields of science and technology, humanities and natural sciences.

New students and total number of students in universities by region in 2006

Region New students Students
Total Men Women Total Men Women
Uusimaa 6,317 2,894 3,423 62,517 30,008 32,509
Varsinais-Suomi 2,391 944 1,447 22,286 8,920 13,366
Satakunta 409 160 249 2,139 1,051 1,088
Kanta-Häme 64 21 43 687 186 501
Pirkanmaa 2,632 1,385 1,247 26,425 14,332 12,093
Päijät-Häme 25 3 22 181 34 147
Kymenlaakso 46 13 33 409 92 317
South Karelia 783 528 255 5,588 3,959 1,629
Etelä-Savo 288 69 219 1,389 296 1,093
Pohjois-Savo 853 271 582 6,131 2,089 4,042
North Karelia 1,073 452 621 7,004 2,814 4,190
Central Finland 1,813 626 1,187 13,740 5,041 8,699
South Ostrobothnia - - - 14 11 3
Ostrobothnia 1,004 398 606 7,324 3,022 4,302
North Ostrobothnia 1,608 733 875 15,348 8,062 7,286
Kainuu 138 49 89 693 190 503
Lapland 706 217 489 4,680 1,401 3,279
Total 20,150 8,763 11,387 176,555 81,508 95,047

1) Figure was previously 24
2) Figure was previously 62

Source: Education Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mr Vesa Hämäläinen +358 9 1734 2594 koulutus.tilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Mr Jari Tarkoma

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): University education [e-publication].
ISSN=2324-0148. University students 2006. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 21.7.2019].
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