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Published: 11 December 2014

Educational institutions' adult education not leading to a qualification had 2.2 million participants in 2013

According to data collected by Statistics Finland from educational institutions, a total of good 5.4 million hours of teaching were given in adult education not leading to a qualification in 2013, which is around one per cent less than in the year before. There were close on one per cent fewer participants (gross number of students) than in the year before, altogether 2.2 million.

Educational institutions' adult education not leading to a qualification by type of education in 2013

Type of education Participants (gross) Women % Teaching hours
Further vocational education, not apprenticeship training 100 628 43 404 917
Further vocational education, apprenticeship training 3 416 68 26 954
Employment training for adults 46 076 47 1 060 424
Courses ordered by the employer 193 113 44 307 698
Education organised as liberal adult education 1 682 138 73 2 951 003
Open polytechnic teaching 17 734 65 364 041
Open university teaching 1) 45 249 77 66 018
Other education 111 321 51 267 631
Total 2 199 675 67 5 448 686
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 nearly 1.7 million and their net number was close on 950,000. The number of teaching hours was also highest in liberal adult education, at good 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, where the most popular subjects were crafts and design, as well as music.

In 2013, students in basic level education outside comprehensive school in upper secondary general schools, folk high schools, adult education centres and vocational institutes numbered 2,440, of whom 1,627 were studying the full comprehensive school curriculum and 813 attended additional education (10th grade).

Source: Education. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Tarja Seppänen 029 551 3220,

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Adult education of educational institutions [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-4551. 2013. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 8.12.2023].
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