Within the Finnish Government, the Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for developing educational, science, cultural, sport and youth policies and international cooperation in these fields. The Minister of Education and Science, Ms. Krista Kiuru is responsible for education and science policies and the Minister of Culture and Sport, Mr. Paavo Arhinmäki for cultural, sport and youth policies.
PISA 2012: Proficiency of Finnish youth declining
Despite the clear downturn, Finnish students remain one of the best performers among the OECD countries. Finland remains the best in literacy and science among the European OECD countries.
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Minister Kiuru to a Team Finland trip to East Asia
(20.11.) Minister of Education and Science Krista Kiuru will make a Team Finland trip to East Asia on 17–23 November.
Minister Kiuru’s first stops in the Team Finland tour of East Asia to promote the
export of Finnish education expertise were in Tokyo and Beijing. Team Finland’s export promotion
tour will journey to Shanghai next and from there to Seoul.
Finnish Science Barometer 2013: Finns have high trust in science
Education and Training Monitor: Key indicators and benchmarks
(5.11.) According to The Education and Training Monitor 2013 Finland has been able to maintain its high international position, particularly on basic skills.
The country-specific recommendations, proposed by the Commission and adopted by the Council, are based on an assessment of each Member State's key challenges.
In the context of an ageing population, the employability of older workers and the need to delay their exit from the labour market on the one hand, and the level of youth unemployment and a lack of relevant skills among young job seekers on the other, are growing sources of concern for Finland.Read more
Minister Arhinmäki at the Frankfurt Book Fair: ”Greatest asset in Finland is education”
(10.10.) Finland has been chosen as the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair next year. A press conference on next year’s programme was held at this year’s Book Fair on Thursday 10 October. Paavo Arhinmäki, the Minister of Culture and Sport, opened the occasion.
Finland’s slogan as the Guest of Honour of the Book Fair in 2014 is ‘FINNLAND. COOL.’Press release 10.10.
The Survey of Adult Skills PIAAC - Basic skills of Finnish adults one of the best in the OECD countries
(8.10.) The international survey showed that average literacy and numeracy skills among Finnish adults were excellent. Finnish adults were also among the best in the survey in their ability to solve problems in technology-rich environments.
But there were many whose skills were weak too. The good average scores are largely thanks to the good skills of 20 to 39-year-olds, skills among older age groups are at the OECD average level.Press release 8.10.