Published: 26 January 2010

Number of students in education leading to a qualification or degree unchanged

The total number of students in education leading to a qualification or degree was 1.25 million in 2008. Preliminary data on 2009 indicate that the number of students remained almost unchanged in comparison with the previous year. In comprehensive and upper secondary general school education the number of students fell due to diminished age cohorts. In vocational, polytechnic and university education the number of students rose slightly. These data derive from education statistics compiled by Statistics Finland.

In 2008 the number of new students totalled 270,000 and that of attainers of qualifications or degrees 220,000. A total of 52 per cent of new students and 55 per cent of attainers of qualifications or degrees were women. As a result of the revised degree system a record number of degrees were completed in university education, that is 71 per cent more than one year earlier.

These statistics apply harmonised concepts and classifications to draw an overall picture of education leading to a qualification or degree. The statistics contain data on all the sectors of education. Data on the subject matter are published on Statistics Finland’s website in the statistics’ database tables and in statistics on pre-primary and basic comprehensive school education, upper secondary general education, vocational education, polytechnic education and university education.

Students in education leading to a qualification or degree 2000–2009 (2009 preliminary data)

Students in education leading to a qualification or degree 2000–2009 (2009 preliminary data)

Source: Education 2009. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Riikka Rautanen (09) 1734 2375, Irma Suovirta (09) 1734 3280, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 26.1.2010

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Students and qualifications [e-publication].
ISSN=2737-0410. 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 5.8.2021].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/opiskt/2009/opiskt_2009_2010-01-26_tie_001_en.html