Finland Adult Education

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Finland - Adult Education

Adult education

Finland had a long tradition of adult education, and by the 1980s nearly one million Finns were receiving some kind of instruction each year. Forty percent of them did so for professional reasons. Adult education appeared in a number of forms, such as secondary evening schools, civic and workers' institutes, study centers, vocational course centers, and folk high schools. Study centers allowed groups to follow study plans of their own making, with educational and financial assistance provided by the state. Folk high schools were a distinctly Nordic institution. Originating in Denmark in the nineteenth century, folk high schools became common throughout the region. Adults of all ages could stay at them for several weeks and take courses in subjects that ranged from handicrafts to economics.

You can read more regarding this subject on the following websites:

Finnish National Agency for Education - Adult education
Destination Finland |
Adult Education in Finland | KEB Deutschland
Country report on Adult education in Finland -
Adult Education | The Fulbright Center

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