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Gap year and working life after comprehensive school

Compulsory education ends the year you turn 16, after you receive your diploma for 9th grade. You are not obligated to apply for studies after you complete comprehensive school but gaining a further education is recommended. You can also apply for work and study for a qualification alongside work. Financial aid will only be granted for studies or an active job search.


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In collaboration with: Finnish National Agency for Education
Updated: 5/8/2019