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Transition from school to further education and work

Producer: Statistics Finland
Main topic: Education
Related topics: Labour Market
Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): Yes


These statistics examine graduates' employment and entry into further education, and their regional transition within a given time period from graduation. The phenomena are described at the end of the year according to transition to employment, unemployment, further studies, military service or other activity. In addition, the statistics describe the transition by area, industry, employer sector or other information. The statistics are produced by combining a number of Statistics Finland’s individual-based data files. No surveys are conducted among graduates.

Data for the payable Transition from school to work service are also produced annually from these data. The service contains data on the transition of comprehensive school leavers, matriculated school leavers, qualifiers from vocational education and attainers of polytechnic and university degrees by variables like degree or qualification, providers of education and region, as well as information on the supply of labour force by region.

The statistics have been produced annually since the 1990s. 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.

Data content

The statistics contain data on employment and entry into further education among graduates.

Classifications used

The data are classified by Statistics Finland’s, the Educational Administration’s and international classifications of fields and levels of education, classifications describing educational institutes, and diverse classifications by area and describing demographic characteristics and employment.

Data collection methods and data sources

The data are produced by combining Statistics Finland’s individual-based total data files. Data on those who have completed qualifications are produced from Statistics Finland's Register of Completed Education and Degrees. Data on further education are produced from Statistics Finland's individual-based student data and data on employment and labour force from Statistics Finland's employment statistics. The employment statistics are compiled from several registers and, in addition to Statistics Finland's registers, the biggest ones are the Population Information System of the Population Register Centre, various Tax Administration's data, state and municipal employment relationship and pension registers, private sector employment and service relationship registers, and so on.

Data collections

Updating frequency

The statistics are produced annually.

Time of completion or release

The data are finalised in February.

Time series

The statistics have been produced almost annually since the 1990s. In 2006 completers of comprehensive school were excluded from the population, as data on their employment is no longer available. Data on employment are based on earnings-related pension data and since 2005 young persons aged 15 to 17 are no longer covered by the earnings-related pension insurance.


education, employment, further studies, graduates, labour market, unemployment

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Last updated 22.08.2018