Education and research

Students and qualifications

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF)
Statistics on students and qualifications contain data on pupils in pre-primary and comprehensive education and students and qualifications in post-comprehensive education leading to a qualification or degree. The data derive mainly from the KOSKI and VIRTA databases. The data are published several times a year.


Statistics Finland


Changes in database tables in these statistics. New tables will be published on 25 October 2022 and old tables will be transferred to the archive.
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Database tables


According to Statistics Finland, the total number of students in education leading to a qualification or degree was 1.38 million in 2021. The number of students grew by seven per cent in vocational education, by five per cent in university of applied sciences education, by two per cent in university education and by 0.5 per cent in general upper secondary education. The number of pupils in basic education decreased by one per cent.

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release | Students and qualifications 2021
release | Students and qualifications 2021, general upper secondary education
release | Students and qualifications 2021, vocational education and training
release | Students and qualifications 2021, university education

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Referencing instructions

Referencing instructions

Are you looking for previously published statistical data?

The statistical data released before 5.4.2022 can be found on the archive pages of the statistics.

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