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Swedish-language immersion

Swedish-language immersion in basic education is aimed at children who have started Swedish-language immersion in daycare or preschool.

A child starts a Swedish-language immersion path from daycare and continues it through primary and lower secondary education. There are seven language immersion paths available in Helsinki.

The Swedish-language immersion paths are illustrated in the image below:

Swedish-language immersion paths in Helsinki start from daycare and continue up to grade 9 in basic education.


How can my child enrol in Swedish-language immersion?

Primarily, pupils that have attended Swedish-language immersion in day care or preschool can be admitted to first grade. Other pupils can be admitted to language immersion classes only if there are places left, and if the pupil has age-appropriate Swedish-language skills.

What is Swedish-language immersion like?

In Swedish-language immersion pre-primary school, teaching is entirely in Swedish. In comprehensive school, in grades 1 and 2, reading and writing are learned entirely in Swedish. From grade 3 to grade 9, 50 to 70 percent of the teaching is in Swedish. 

Which schools offer Swedish-language immersion in Helsinki?


Swedish-language immersion is offered in the following primary schools (Grades 1-6):



Swedish-language immersion is offered at the following secondary schools (Grades 7-9):

For more information on the Swedish-language immersion paths and Swedish-language immersion in early childhood education, see the links below:

Early childhood education in Swedish (see section Swedish-language immersion)


For further information and enquiries, please contact:

Satu Koistinen, Pedagogical specialist
email: satu.koistinen@hel.fi
tel: +358 9 310 23444



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