Finland had a long tradition of adult education, and by
1980s nearly one million Finns were receiving some kind of
instruction each year. Forty percent of them did so for
professional reasons. Adult education appeared in a number
forms, such as secondary evening schools, civic and
institutes, study centers, vocational course centers, and
high schools. Study centers allowed groups to follow study
of their own making, with educational and financial
provided by the state. Folk high schools were a distinctly
institution. Originating in Denmark in the nineteenth
folk high schools became common throughout the region.
all ages could stay at them for several weeks and take
subjects that ranged from handicrafts to economics.
Data as of December 1988