Published: 19 January 2007

Almost 1.3 million students aim at a qualification or degree

Correction to release made on 19 Jan. 2007. Figures for 2000 and 2001 on qualifications in upper secondary general school education corrected on 25 Jan. 2008.

In 2005, the total number of students in education leading to a qualification or degree was 1,260,000, almost half of whom attended comprehensive school education, almost one-third vocational or upper secondary general education and one-quarter polytechnic or university education. The total number of students in education leading to a qualification or degree has been growing throughout the 2000s, but the direction of the development has varied in different sectors of education. In comprehensive and upper secondary general school education the number of students has fallen as age cohorts have grown smaller. By contrast, the number of students attending vocational education has been going up continuously as vocational education intended for adults has increased. In university education and especially in polytechnic education the rate of growth in the number of students has slowed down. Preliminary data for autumn 2006 also indicate that the development in the different educational sectors is likely continue in the same direction as described above. These data derive from education statistics compiled by Statistics Finland.

The total number of qualifications and degrees attained in 2005 was 197,000, which is good one per cent more than in the year before. The average age for passing matriculation examination was 19, and the median age for attaining a vocational qualification was 21. On the average, polytechnic degrees were obtained at the age of 26, and higher university degrees at the age of 27.

Students in education leading to a qualification or degree and attained qualifications and degrees 2000-2006

Students/qualifications
Sector of education
Year 20 Sept. 2006
(preliminary data)
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Students
Comprehensive school education 593,451 595,727 597,356 597,414 593,148 586,381 578,900
Upper secondary general education 130,032 128,642 124,644 121,816 120,531 118,111 118,000
Vocational education1) 159,884 160,115 166,809 174,813 l   230,823 243,398 l   195,5003)
Polytechnic education 114,020 118,013 126,767 129,875 131,919 132,783 132,600
University education 2) 157,796 162,939 164,312 169,846 173,974 176,061 176,600
Total 1,155,183 1,165,436 1,179, 888 1,193,764 l   1,250, 395 1,256,734 l  1, 201,6004)
Attained qualifications or degrees
Comprehensive school education 65,937 63,747 61,450 60,831 63,828 63,755  
Upper secondary general education 35,9355) 35,5685) 36,524 35,512 35,022 34,408  
Vocational education 55,477 52,545 52,041 54,079 56,678 58,197  
Polytechnic education 14,178 18,045 20,462 20,588 20,821 21,397  
University education 16,845 16,822 17,708 18,197 18,293 19,176  
Total 188,3725) 186,7275) 188,185 189,207 194,642 196,933  
1) The coverage of data on students in vocational education changed in 2004. Data on education preparing for a complete-based qualification and those on apprenticeship training concern whole calendar year while in the past they described the situation on the cut-off date of 20 September. Data on vocational education institutions' curriculum-based education leading to vocational qualifications concern the situation on 20 September
for all years. Preliminary data also relate to the cut-off date.
2)
For 2000-2001 the data describe the situation on 31 December and from 2002 onwards the situation on 20 September.
3)
For 2005, the respective preliminary figure for number of students in vocational education is 190,700.
4)
For 2005, the respective preliminary figure for number of students in education leading to a qualification or degree is 1,205,600.
5) Figures corrected on 25 Jan. 2008. Previously (on 19 Jan. 2007) published figures in upper secondary general school education were 35,886 for 2000 and 35,508 for 2001; total for 2000: 188,323 and total for 2001: 186,667.
l Data on either side of the line are not fully comparable.

These statistics apply harmonised concepts and classifications to draw an overall picture of education leading to a qualification or degree. Although the statistics contain data on all sectors of education, the main emphasis is on post-comprehensive education. Related data on each educational sector are also published on Statistics Finland's website.

Source: Education Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Ms Riikka Rautanen +358 9 1734 2375, Ms Irma Suovirta +358 9 1734 3280,koulutus.tilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Ms Riitta Harala

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Last updated 25.1.2008

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Students and qualifications [e-publication].
ISSN=2737-0410. 2006. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 5.8.2021].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/opiskt/2006/opiskt_2006_2007-01-19_tie_001_en.html