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Published: 14 December 2011

Educational institutions' adult education not leading to a qualification had 2.2 million participants in 2010

According to data collected by Statistics Finland from educational institutions, a total of 5.7 million hours of teaching were given in adult education not leading to a qualification, which is 6 per cent more than in the year before. The number of participants (gross number of students) was two per cent less than in the previous year, totalled 2.2 million.

Educational institutions adult education not leading to a qualification by type of education in 2010

Type of education Participants (gross) Women % Teaching hours
Further vocational education, not apprenticeship training 112 809 42 512 003
Further vocational education, apprenticeship training 4 790 68 39 774
Employment training for adults 66 789 44 1 298 045
Courses ordered by the employer 224 574 46 386 603
Education organised as liberal adult education 1 648 969 72 2 886 030
Open polytechnic teaching 15 800 67 262 435
Open university teaching 1) 44 660 77 72 182
Other education 93 528 54 283 909
Total 2 211 919 67 5 740 981
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 (28 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.

In 2011, students in basic level education outside comprehensive school in upper secondary general schools, folk high schools and vocational institutes numbered 2,400, of whom 1,400 were studying the full comprehensive school curriculum and 900 attended additional education (10th grade).

Source: Education. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Riitta Auvinen (09) 1734 3569,

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Adult education of educational institutions [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-4551. 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 9.12.2023].
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