Basic and primary education in Åland is compulsory and free of charge. Children start school the year they turn 7 years old.
Primary school: classes 1-6 (age 7-12). Lower secondary school: Classes 7-9 (age 13-15). The child must be registered at the Local Register Office (’magistraten’) in order to attend school. An FPA national health insurance card is not required. The municipalities are responsible for providing primary education. Contact your municipality for more information.
Upper-secondary education (general and vocational)
Most students go on to general or vocational upper-secondary education or vocational training, having finished primary education. The upper-secondary education is provided for by Ålands gymnasium.
Åland University of Applied Sciences
If you already have an upper-secondary school education, there are training programmes and courses at the Åland University of Applied Sciences.
Other courses and evening classes
There are many opportunities to take courses, evening classes or join study circles in both theoretical and practical subjects on Åland. The main providers of such activities are Medis (Medborgarinstitutet in Mariehamn), Ålands Bildningsförbund and ABF Åland. At Ålands Folkhögskola young persons and adults get an opportunity to undertake studies in subjects such as crafts, music, sports and media.