Facts and figures

In the autumn of 2005  native language instruction for immigrants was provided in 49 different languages to 10 907 pupils in 74 municipalities.

The immigrant native language lessons are organized in different ways in different municipalities, both during the school day and outside school hours, and teaching is usually realized with the help of a separate state aid.

Although providing instruction is voluntary, municipalities are usually willing to provide it.

Municipalities also co-operate with each other to be able to provide native language instruction to their pupils.

According to a study by the Finnish National Board of Education the main reason for municipalities for not providing instruction was lack of teachers.