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Responsible for the service Education Division, Helsinki

Comprehensive education from 1st to 6th grade

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

Each child has been reserved a place in their own local school corresponding to the home address. The local school can be checked from the Service map of the City of Helsinki, or from the information desk of the Education division. The pupil may have the right to get into another school instead of her or his local school, for example in case of health related or other special reason, such as language studies or language immersion.

The 1st and 2nd grade of comprehensive school teaches pupils the basics of school: doing homework, taking care of school supplies and working both independently and in groups. In the first two years pupils acquire basic skills and knowledge, including reading, writing, mathematics, facts about the environment and nature, manual skills and physical activity. Foreign-language studies begin in the 3rd grade. Grades 1-6 teach pupils one or two languages in addition to their first language.

Average weekly lesson vary

Grades 1-2: 19 weekly hours

Grades 3-4: 23 weekly hours

Grades 5-6: 24 weekly hours

All the subjects of the comprehensive school, as well as the school hours, are told in the curriculum of each school. The curriculum can be found on the schools web page.

The City of Helsinki has both Finnish and Swedish speaking schools

To whom and on what terms

The service is free of charge.

Background information

Basic education is education delivered in accordance to a curriculum that supports the pupils’ growth as human beings and members of society and teaches them the knowledge and skills they need. It confers every pupil the same eligibility for upper secondary education.

Compulsory education applies to children who are permanent residents in Finland in the year in which they turn seven years old. Compulsory education ends when the children have completed the basic education syllabus or ten years have passed since they started in compulsory education. The period of compulsory education may be extended due to a disability or illness. Adults may complete the basic education syllabus for example at a general upper secondary school for adults, a folk high school or an adult education centre.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceEducation Division, Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Education Division, Helsinki
Updated: 19/5/2022