The low costs and high quality services for under-three-year-olds in Nordic countries compare favourably to other OECD countries.Finnish early education lures back some highly skilled expatriates.

After footing footing their education bill, Finland has long worried over losing too many of its prodigal children to financially greener pastures. But that same precious education system – particularly early education – seems to draw Finnish expatriate families and all their advanced degrees and taxable incomes back home.

Over 70 per cent of Finland’s roughly 16,000 foreign university students move abroad upon graduation, reportedly for lack of professional opportunity. About 250,000 Finnish citizens live outside of Finland. Finnish education authorities have long stressed the importance of international experience for its graduates, and Finland’s early education system can lure some of the family-types back home.

Quality care

The early childcare education systems of Finland and the Nordic countries rank at the top of OECD countries in terms of years provided, staff qualifications, government funding and family subsidies, according to an article published January 2008 in the Review of Economics of the Household.



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