English increasingly dominates the language selections of school-aged children in Finland, with over 90 per cent of pupils today picking English as their first foreign language. The popularity of other foreign language studies, in turn, has decreased notably. “Only three, four per cent of pupils at Finnish-language schools don't select English as their first language,” reveals Anna-Kaisa Mustaparta, a counsellor at the National Board of Education.
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Popularity of English as foreign language grows
While the situation is to an extent attributable to school-specific curricula, also parents influence the language selections of their children. Fluency in English is regarded as a valuable asset.