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Education in Finland: Adding a Few Facts

March 10, 2008 1 min read

To the Editor:

Patrick F. Bassett’s Commentary “What the Finns Know Shouldn’t Surprise Us (But Does)” (Feb. 20, 2008) was a wonderful piece about education in Finland. I would like to point out a few additional facts.

1. Finland is pretty much homogeneous, with 92 percent of the population speaking Finnish. Only about 5 percent of its people speak Swedish (the second official language) natively.

2. Not all Finnish students concentrate solely on going to a university; there also are numerous trade schools providing vocational education at the upper-secondary level.

Michael Carlsson

Philadelphia, Pa.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 12, 2008 edition of Education Week as Education in Finland: Adding a Few Facts