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Published: 10 December 2008

Educational institutions' adult education not leading to a qualification had 2.3 million participants in 2007

According to data collected by Statistics Finland from educational institutions, a total of 5.9 million hours of teaching were given in adult education not leading to a qualification, which is 3 per cent more than in the year before. The number of participants (gross number of students) totalled 2.3 million, which is 2 per cent down from the year before.

Educational institutions' adult education not leading to a qualification by type of education in 2007

Type of education                                                                  Participants
Women  % Teaching hours
Further vocational education, not apprenticeship training 151,746 41 733,522
Furthr vocational education, apprenticeship training 2,423 59 26,513
Employment training for adults 57,282 52 1,232,294
Courses ordered by the employer 251,101 47 429,489
Education organised as liberal adult education 1,650,884 72 2,866,664
Open polytechnic teaching 16,537 74 186,079
Open university teaching 1) 54,864 80 89,299
Other education 84,389 51 322,475
Total 2,269,226 66 5,886,335
1) Excl. data on open university teaching implemented by the universities themselves.

The highest number of participants attended education organised as liberal adult education, where the gross number of students was 1.6 million and their net number was one million. The number of teaching hours was also highest in liberal adult education, at 2.9 million hours. The highest share (27 per cent) of all the teaching hours given in adult education not leading to a qualification was given in the field of culture, especially in crafts and design.

Source: Education Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Ms Riitta Auvinen +358 9 1734 3569,

Director in charge: Mr Jari Tarkoma


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Last updated 10.12.2008

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Oppilaitosten aikuiskoulutus [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-4535. 2007. Helsinki: Tilastokeskus [referred: 8.12.2023].
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