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Published: 14 December 2012

Educational institutions' adult education not leading to a qualification had 2.2 million participants in 2011

According to data collected by Statistics Finland from educational institutions, a total of 5.6 million hours of teaching were given in adult education not leading to a qualification, which is two per cent less than in the year before. The number of participants (gross number of students) was one per cent more than in the previous year, totalled 2.2 million.

Educational institutions' adult education not leading to a qualification by type of education in 2011

Type of education Participants (gross) Women % Teaching hours
Further vocational education, not apprenticeship training 103 916 45 410 059
Further vocational education, apprenticeship training 5 527 69 64 661
Employment training for adults 66 355 43 1 240 252
Courses ordered by the employer 238 189 50 403 615
Education organised as liberal adult education 1 661 913 72 2 915 856
Open polytechnic teaching 15 800 66 283 361
Open university teaching 1) 43 226 76 69 164
Other education 95 512 54 256 434
Total 2 230 438 67 5 643 402
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 1.7 million and their net number was 990 000. The number of teaching hours was also highest in liberal adult education, at 2.9 million hours. The highest share (29 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 1,450 were studying the full comprehensive school curriculum and 950 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. 2011. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 9.12.2023].
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