Basic Education


Children who live permanently in Finland are subject to compulsory education. Compulsory education begins the year the child turns seven and lasts for nine years.

In basic education, teaching, school healthcare, all study materials and school meals are free. Sometimes transportation to and from school is also free.

The City of Oulu Department of Education runs 46 basic education schools, one of which is for children with special needs. The state-owned Oulun normaalikoulu and privately-owned Svenska Privatskolan i Uleåborg, Oulun steinerkouluOulun kristillinen koulu and Taikatahdin koulu are also located on Oulu.

Oulu International School

The City of Oulu Department of Education also runs an international school - Oulu International School, OIS - for pupils in grades one to nine. Teaching and other activities are mostly provided in English. The curriculum is based on the local basic education curriculum and IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) programmes.

For more information, please visit the OIS school website.


Read more: Enrolling in school
Read more: Afternoon care after the school day
Read more: Education in Finland and in Oulu

School terms and holidays

Sijainti kartalla: Comprehensive Schools