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Religious education

One can study theology in three universities in Finland; the universities of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu (where there is a line for Orthodox theology as well) and Åbo Akademi in Turku (for Swedish-speaking students). Study of theology in Finland is non-confessional. With studies in pedagogics you qualify as a teacher of religion. There are no specific seminaries to become a priest of Lutheran Church, instead you study specific combination of subjects to become eligible for ordination.

For further information concerning the legal aspect of religions and schooling in the comprehensive schools and upper secondary schools in Finland see the heading "Specific stipulations", Chapter "Education".
See also :
 Matti Kotiranta, "Religious education in Finland" in Gerhard Robbers (Hrsg.), Religion in Public Education – La religion dans l’éducation publique, European Consortium for Church and State Research, Trier, 2011, 139-154.
 Tuula Sakaranaho, "Religious Education in Finland", Temenos 49/2, 2013.

D 4 July 2017    ATommi Heino

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