Why is education free in Finland to University level?


Finnish education is known for two things: The education system enjoys world-wide recognition for its excellence and, unlike in many other countries, there are no tuition fees.

In Finland, education is regarded as a fundamental right and the Finnish education policy emphasises equal opportunities for all. Against this background, it is rather easy to understand why there are no tuition fees in Finland, and why free education has been extended to cover citizens of other countries, too. In the university sector, the foundations for and the terms of tuition-free education are laid in the Universities Act (link: http://www.finlex.fi/fi/laki/kaannokset/2009/en20090558.pdf).

All Finnish universities are publicly funded. Despite enjoying large autonomy, the Finnish universities are supervised by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland.

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The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is committed to a high standard of research and education. UEF has passed a quality assurance audit carried out by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council, and adopted an ISO 9001:2000 compliant quality management system. Furthermore, since launching its operations in 2010, the UEF has appeared frequently, indeed annually, in several rankings listing the world’s leading universities. In 2015, UEF was ranked among the leading 400 universities in the world by Times Higher Education, among the leading 350 universities in the world by QS World University Rankings, and among the leading 401–500 universities in the world by Academic Ranking of World Universities.

To learn more about education in Finland, please see the website of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland: http://minedu.fi/OPM/Koulutus/?lang=en