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Official Statistics of Finland

Progress of studies

Producer: Statistics Finland

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Completion within the target period of upper secondary education weakened and that of tertiary education improved in 2020
17 Mar 2022
According to Statistics Finland's education statistics, completion of upper secondary education slowed down in 2020. Of those having started studies, 60 per cent completed vocational education in three-and-a-half years and 79 per cent completed general upper secondary education. The pass rate of university of applied sciences degrees within the target period remained on level with the previous year (57%). At universities, completion of masters degrees within the target period improved by four percentage points, rising to a pass rate of 34 per cent.

Description: These statistics describe how new entrants to post-comprehensive school education progress in their studies up to the attainment of a qualification or degree. The statistics contain data on started education, duration of education, change of education, and on what students have done if they have discontinued education. Data on the progress of university studies have been produced at intervals of a fixed number of years since the 1980s and the 1990s. Data on the progress of studies in upper secondary general, vocational and polytechnic, and university education are produced by monitoring the progress made by new students since the year 2000. In accordance with the Statistics Act, the personal data from which these statistics are compiled are confidential. As a rule, the statistics produced from them are public.
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Keywords: degrees, discontinuation of studies, duration of studies, education, educational institutions, qualifications, students.
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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Progress of studies [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-1021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 22.5.2024].
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