The Finnish model

The main objective of the Finnish model is to increase the wellbeing of children and young people. The aim is to enable every child and young person to have a leisure activity in connection with the school day that they enjoy and one that is free of charge.

The Finnish model combines consultation of children and young people on leisure activities, coordination of existing good procedures and practices, and cooperation between schools and actors in leisure activities.

The modes of operation are anchored in the first stage

When designing the Finnish model, Minister of Science and Culture Hanna Kosonen appointed a working group to produce a knowledge base and prepare a proposal for the first stage of the model. The group submitted its proposal to the Minister of Science and Culture in June 2020.

Pupils and students in years one to nine of comprehensive school as well as students in additional education are the target group for the first stage of the Finnish model. The aim is to anchor the Finnish model as a permanent approach in municipalities.

In the longer term, the creation of a legal basis and the clarification of the system of central government transfers will be considered. However, the project will commence with an annual call for government aid.

Yhteystiedot - Yhteystietonosto

Henni Axelin, Deputy Director General 
Ministry of Education and Culture, Nuoriso- ja liikuntapolitiikan osasto (NUOLI), Division for Youth Work and Youth Policy 0295330205  


Iina Berden, Ministerial Adviser 
Ministry of Education and Culture, Kulttuuri- ja taidepolitiikan osasto (KUPO), Taiteen ja kulttuuriperinnön vastuualue (TAKU) 0295330069