A Message from the Lord Mayor
EDUCATION AND CULTURE
The general, vocational and adult education services provided
by the City of Helsinki are of acknowledged high quality. There are 207
comprehensive schools and upper secondary schools. Although education
in most is through the medium of Finnish, there are 28 schools for Swedish-speakers
and several others using English, German, Russian, French or any of several
other languages. Education and school meals are free, as is school material
in comprehensive schools. Adult Education Centres offer an impressively
wide range of possibilities for people wishing to develop themselves in
different subjects and fields.
The City Library has a network of 35 well-stocked branches
offering both traditional printed material and computer services and Internet
stations for the use of residents.
The City is also proud to offer residents a large variety
of cultural events and activities. The Helsinki City Museum comprises
several separate institutions, each specialising in a different area.
Helsinki also has its own art museum, which boasts a considerable collection
of Finish contemporary work. A new building for the Museum of Contemporary
Art opened at the end of May 1998.
The Helsinki City Theatre and the Helsinki Philharmonic
Orchestra are well-known institutions, which offer an impressive palette
of cultural events meeting high international standards. The new Opera
House is likewise a source of pride.
A very wide range of high-quality educational, cultural
and leisure services is guaranteed in Helsinki and the level of learning
among the inhabitants is high. Provision has also been made to meet the
needs of immigrants. The guiding principles in the development of services
have been open cooperation and recognition of the needs of residents.
The special requirements of the metropolitan region and
the wishes of employers have been taken into consideration in the overall
development of vocational training. Projects to provide a polytechnic
and a vocational institute in the city have supported the achievement
of this goal.
The range of cultural services is being diversified and
improved thanks to the new physical facilities being provided and the
major cultural events for which planning is now in progress. Helsinki
will be celebrating its 450th anniversary in 2000 and also playing its
role as one of the nine European Cities of Culture that year.
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