In Finland basic education starts at the age of seven. Nine years of education is compulsory. Pre-primary school is voluntary but almost every kid attends. Children receive free food at the school. Morning and afternoon clubs are organised. All children at a school age have to attend school, regardless of their legal status in Finland.
After completing basic education, students can attend to Finnish upper-secondary school “lukio” or vocational education. Students can also attend to both, if they want. Education is free of charge from basic education to higher education. Studies are also funded by the government.
Source: Finnish National Board of Education
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Formal Education in Finland chart by: Ministry of Education and Culture