October 20, 2015

Finnish youngsters shine in OECD survey

The life satisfaction of Finnish children was found to be one of the highest of the OECD countries.
The life satisfaction of Finnish children was found to be one of the highest of the OECD countries.
Riitta Supperi / Keksi / Team Finland

According to a new survey from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the reading literacy, maths and science skills of 15-year-old Finns are among the highest of industrialised countries.

The quality of the Finnish educational system overall was also ranked highly in the OECD’s How’s Life? 2015 survey.

The survey looked at 36 of the richest countries in the world, analysing their living standards across 11 different areas.

The life satisfaction of Finnish children in particular was found to be one of the highest in the survey, with Finns in general more satisfied with their lives than the OECD average.

A strong sense of trust in the community also prevails in Finland, with 95 per cent of Finns believing that they know someone who could be relied on in a time of need. This was one of the highest figures in the OECD.

Other areas where Finland was ranked above average were in environmental quality, personal security, civic engagement, housing and work-life balance.

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