Producer: Statistics Finland
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Main topic: Education
Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): Yes
The statistics on the educational structure of the population describe the post-comprehensive school educational qualifications and degrees attained by the population aged 15 and over. Besides diverse data describing education, the statistics contain information on the age, gender, native language, nationality and migration of attainers of educational qualifications and degrees.
The data are based on Statistics Finland’s Register of Completed Education and Degrees. Completers of education and degrees are classified by level of education according to the latest/highest vocational qualification. 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.
The statistics contain data on completers of upper secondary general schools, vocational educational institutes, polytechnics and universities, as well as attainers of initial, further and specialist vocational qualifications through skills examinations. The Register of Completed Education and Degrees is based on the data on educational qualifications and degrees collected in connection with the population census of 1970, which are updated annually.
The data in the statistics are classified by the fields and levels of education in Statistics Finland’s, the Educational Administration’s and international classifications of education, classifications describing types of educational institutions and diverse regional and demographic classifications.
Data about matriculation examinations are received from the Matriculation Examination Board. Data on other qualifications and degrees are obtained direct from educational institutes: vocational education institutes, polytechnics and universities. Data on the attainment of army officer’s qualifications are received from General Staff of the Armed Forces. Data on qualifications and degrees attained abroad are received from, the National Board of Education, the National Authority for Medicolegal Affairs and the register of jobseekers of the Ministry of Labour. Data on population changes are obtained from the Population Register Centre.
The statistics are produced annually.
The statistics are completed in November of the year following the statistical reference year.
The Register of Completed Education and Degrees is based on the data on educational qualifications and degrees collected in connection with the population census of 1970, which are updated annually.
degrees, education, graduates, level of education, qualifications
Last updated 30.11.2011