Religious Education in Finland

In the comprehensive and upper secondary schools, students belonging to a religious community are given religious education. Those who do not belong to a religious community are taught ethics. Denominational teaching other than Evangelical Lutheran and Orthodox is given if there are at least three pupils or students belonging to the same religious community and their parents request it.

Curricula for different religions are created jointly by religious communities and educational authorities. The aim of a religious education curriculum is to familiarise pupils with their own religion and the Finnish traditions of belief, to acquaint students with other religions and help them understand the cultural and human significance of religions.

The current reform of curricula will also influence the status of religious education. See
OPS 2016 – Curriculum reform in Finland

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