Access to high-quality education is one of the cornerstones of Finland’s entire society. 

The Finnish education system is known for being inclusive and providing equal opportunities at every level of education. Education from pre-primary to higher education is free of charge and teachers are highly educated and strongly committed to their work. 

In the post war 1950s, Finland was a very poor country. During this difficult situation, the Finnish government had the forethought and courage to invest in education for all citizens. At this point they began to build the compulsory education system from the bottom up. They chose to invest in the system so that every child was able to access quality education. The age of 7 was chosen because children were physically able to independently walk or ski to school. This choice, late on, turned out to be excellent from a brain development perspective as children are also ready to effectively learn. From that came the neighbourhood school concept which has created more equal access to quality education and lifted Finland to a high spot on the PISA ranking.