Published: 16 May 2008

Current expenditure on regular education system increased in 2006

According to Statistics Finland, current expenditure on the regular education system increased by 4.1 per cent in 2006 compared to the previous year. Vocational education and polytechnic education were the sectors of education where the increase was the biggest. Expenditure per student increased by 4.8 per cent in 2006 compared to the previous year. Expenditure per student increased most in comprehensive school education and polytechnic education.

In real terms, current expenditure on the regular education system increased by 1.0 per cent. Expenditure per student in real terms increased slightly more. However, relative to gross national product, current expenditure on the regular education system decreased somewhat in 2006.

Current expenditure on the regular education system was EUR 9.6 billion in 2006. Expenditure on comprehensive school education constitutes the biggest proportion of the current expenditure on the regular education system. Expenditure on comprehensive school education was EUR 3.5 billion in 2006. The next biggest proportions were university education and research, on which EUR 1.7 billion was expended, and vocational education on which EUR 1.3 billion was spent.

Current expenditure on regular education system by type of expenditure 2006

Type of expenditure EUR million %
Pre-primary education1) 272 2.8
Comprehensive school education 3,538 36.7
Upper secondary general education 618 6.4
Vocational education 1,264 13.1
Apprenticeship training 139 1.4
Polytechnic education 762 7.9
University education and research2) 1,736 18.0
Other education 374 3.9
Administration 191 2.0
Financial aid for students 740 7.7
Total 9,634 100.0
1) Pre-primary education for 6-year-old children
(pre-school education) in day-care centres and
comprehensive schools.
2) Includes universities' external financing for research.

Source: Education Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mr Mika Tuononen +358 9 1734 3504, koulutus.tilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Mr Jari Tarkoma


Last updated 16.5.2008

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Educational finances [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0963. 2006. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 21.9.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/kotal/2006/kotal_2006_2008-05-16_tie_001_en.html