General Secondary Education
Upper secondary education is provided pursuant to the national curriculum which is used by each school as the basis of their own curriculum. There are 35 study weeks in daytime study. One study week must include at least 32 lessons.
Pupils in upper secondary schools can acquire extensive knowledge in certain fields of study within the scope of elective subjects (subjects focusing on arts, science, natural sciences, etc.) or learn a profession taught in a vocational school. At the end of the three-year study period, pupils take five graduation examinations, at least three of which must be state examinations.
In the 2008/2009 academic year, 31,265 pupils studied in upper secondary schools. During the 2008/2009 academic year, approximately 6,962 pupils were engaged in acquiring basic and general secondary education in the form of evening study and distance learning, as well as external study and by studying single subjects in evening study. These pupils included 5,682 people engaged in acquiring general secondary education.