Published: 22 May 2008

Language choices of comprehensive school pupils in 2007

According to Statistics Finland, English was the most commonly studied foreign language on grades 1 to 6 of comprehensive school in the autumn semester of 2007. Sixty-eight per cent of the pupils attending grades 1 to 6 studied English either as a compulsory or optional foreign language. The percentages of pupils studying other foreign languages remained at 5 per cent or below. A total of 357,400 pupils attended grades 1 to 6.

In the autumn semester of 2007 nearly all pupils attending grades 7 to 9 studied both English and Swedish or Finnish either as mother tongue, or as a compulsory, optional or elective foreign language. German was studied by 13 per cent and French by 6 per cent of the pupils attending grades 7 to 9, mainly as an optional or elective foreign language. A total of 199,100 pupils attended grades 7 to 9.

Language choices of comprehensive school pupils in 2007

Language Compulsory
language
A1
Optional
language
A2
Compulsory
language
B1
Elective
language
B2
Total Share of
pupils in
grades 1-6
%
Share of
pupils in
grades 7-9
%
Grades 1-6
English 229,521 14,397 - - 243,918 68.2 -
Swedish 3,315 13,783 - - 17,098 4.8 -
Finnish 14,949 1,074 - - 16,023 4.5 -
French 2,132 4,394 - - 6,526 1.8 -
German 3,447 11,567 - - 15,014 4.2 -
Russian 717 463 - - 1,180 0.3 -
Sami 5 163 - - 168 0,0 -
Other 65 432 - - 497 0.1 -
Grades 7-9
English 180,856 16,155 463 134 197,608 - 99.3
Swedish 2,812 13,662 166,789 10 183,273 - 92.1
Finnish 10,102 1,580 177 - 11,859 - 6,0
French 1,660 4,467 188 6,446 12,761 - 6.4
German 2,767 13,498 301 8,261 24,827 - 12.5
Russian 441 419 - 799 1,659 - 0.8
Sami 3 38 - 20 61 - 0,0
Latin - - - 613 613 - 0.3
Other 79 154 - 1,056 1,289 - 0.6
Number of pupils in grades 1-6 in the autumn semester of 2007 was 357,403.
Number of pupils in grades 7-9 in the autumn semester of 2007 was 199,067.

Source: Education Statistics, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Ms Maija Sikanen +358 9 1734 2292, Ms Irma Suovirta +358 9 1734 3280, koulutus.tilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Mr Jari Tarkoma


Last updated 22.5.2008

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Subject choices of students [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-1056. Subject choices of comprehensive school pupils 2007. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 20.2.2020].
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