Basic education lasts for nine years in Finland. It is intended for all children between 7 and 16. Basic education is free.  

Basic education is referred to as general education because it provides the knowledge and skills that are necessary in life. Education supports human development and teaches students how to participate in society ethically and responsibly

Support Classes for Children and Young People

Schools offer support classes for immigrants. The aim of these classes is to prepare children and young people for the transition to basic education. The main emphasis is on learning Finnish. During the preparatory teaching, students are transferred to groups corresponding to their age and abilities.