4. More than 500,000 participated in education and training related to leisure time or hobbies

Roughly one-sixth of all 18 to 64-year-olds, or more than 500,000 persons, participated in general or hobby-related adult education and training. As many as two-thirds of them were women. Participation is not determined by the person's age, province of residence or municipality form. By contrast, persons with high level of educational attainment and working as white-collar employees were more active participants in education and training related to leisure time than persons with a lower level of educational attainment or persons working as entrepreneurs or blue-collar workers (21–25 per cent vs. 12–17 per cent).

Participation proportions in general or hobby-related education and training have not changed between the years 1990 and 2006.

Figure 10. Participation in adult education and training not related to work or occupation by gender in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2006 (population aged 18-64 excl. students and conscripts)

Figure 10. Participation in adult education and training not related to work or occupation by gender in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2006 (population aged 18-64 excl. students and conscripts)

Source: Adult Education Survey 2006, Statistics Finland

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Updated 31.12.2008

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