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 Country Information

Compulsory attendance: 7-16

Legal status of homeschooling: Homeschooling is legal and protected by both the Constitution and Finnish law. Education is governed by the Basic Education Act (628/1998). According to the Ministry of Education, there is no obligation to attend school in Finland, only the obligation to receive basic education. Compulsory education may be completed by studying at home. Authorities accept a parent’s right to homeschool but often deflate this right and in some cases misinterpret the law. The law gives a supervisory role to the local authorities.

Estimated number of homeschoolers: 250

 Contact Information

Suomen kotiopettajat
Finnish Home Educators Association
Email: posti@suomenkotiopettajat.fi
Lyhytkuja 3, 07900 Loviisa
Tel. + 358 506 4800

Last Updated: September 24, 2010