Basic education

Distribution of lesson hours

The overall distribution of lesson hours for basic education and the minimum number of lessons for core subjects during basic education are decided by the Government. The distribution of lesson hours stipulates the core subjects taught to all pupils and the distribution of teaching hours between different subjects.

The present distribution of lesson hours was confirmed in 2012 and was implemented together with the new core curriculum in August 2016.

Core curriculum for basic education 2014

The national core curriculum is drawn up by the Finnish National Board of Education. It includes the objectives and core contents of different subjects, as well as the principles of pupil assessment, special-needs education, pupil welfare and educational guidance. The principles of a good learning environment, working approaches as well as the concept of learning are also addressed in the core curriculum.

The education providers, usually the local education authorities and the schools themselves draw up their own curricula for pre-primary and basic education within the framework of the national core curriculum. These curricula may be prepared for individual municipalities or institutions or include both sections.

The national core curriculum for basic education was renewed in 2014, and the new curriculum has been implemented in schools from August 2016.

You can purchase printed copies of the core curriculum on our online bookstore. The user interface is currently only available in Finnish and Swedish. Copies are also available through international bookstores. The core curriculum can also be purchased in electronic format on, Amazon, Ingram and iTunes.

Our bookstore will soon be available also in English. Meanwhile orders of paperback version of the National Core Curriculum for Basic Education 2014 may be done by e-mail: . The price is 37 euros, incl. VAT (plus handling and delivery costs).
The digital version is available through international bookstores, e.g.,, Ingram and iTunes. The recommended price is 27 euros, incl. VAT.