Published: 8 May 2009

Current expenditure on regular education system increased in 2007

According to Statistics Finland, current expenditure on the regular education system increased by 3.6 per cent in 2007 compared to the previous year. Apprenticeship training and pre-primary education were the sectors of education where the increase was the biggest. Expenditure per student increased by 4.3 per cent in 2007 compared to the previous year. Expenditure per student increased most in pre-primary education and comprehensive school education.

In real terms, current expenditure on the regular education system decreased slightly. Expenditure per student in real terms remained unchanged compared to the previous year. Relative to gross national product, current expenditure on the regular education system decreased in 2007 which means that gross national product increased faster than current expenditure on the regular education system.

Current expenditure on the regular education system totalled EUR 10.0 billion in 2007. 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 3.7 billion in 2007. The next biggest proportions were university education and research, on which EUR 1.8 billion was expended, and vocational education on which EUR 1.3 billion was spent.

Current expenditure on regular education system by type of expenditure 2007

Type of expenditure EUR million %
Pre-primary education1) 285 2.9
Comprehensive school education 3,667 36.7
Upper secondary general education 635 6.4
Vocational education 1,318 13.2
Apprenticeship training 169 1.7
Polytechnic education 784 7.9
University education and research2) 1,806 18.1
Other education 389 3.9
Administration 199 2.0
Financial aid for students 731 7.3
Total 9,985 100.0
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, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Mr Jari Tarkoma


Last updated 8.5.2009

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Educational finances [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0963. 2007. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 16.9.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/kotal/2007/kotal_2007_2009-05-08_tie_001_en.html