Finnish education has become the diamond standard

All over the world, people are talking about “the Finnish phenomenon”. People wonder how Finland can consistently top international student performance rankings, while placing an unwavering focus on every child’s well-being.

The Finnish education system is a diamond that has been carefully ground and polished for decades. It began with the zeal and determination of Finnish people to push themselves to succeed – a dream that generation after generation worked at until it came true.

One thing Finns realised is that success in education can only be achieved by working together and making the most of everyone’s resources. This is how an equal education system was created.

The resounding success of Finnish education is evidenced by superb international results such as high PISA rankings.

“From the first PISA test performed in 2000, Finland has kept its place in the top 5 in Reading and Science.”

OECD, Programme for International Student Assessment

“Finland ranks as the top OECD country in education.”

OECD, Better Life Index 2017: Education

“Finland’s primary education is the best in the world.”

The World Economic Forum (WEF), Global Competitiveness Report 2017–2018: Primary Education

“Finland ranks first in instilling future skills.”

The Economist and Intelligence Unit, Worldwide Educating for the Future Index 2018

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Can the Finnish model of education work outside Finland?

We are often asked whether the Finnish education model could work elsewhere, in different contexts and cultures. Our experience has shown that it absolutely can. Read more about how it can be done.

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