School is an early and vital part of lifelong learning.
The autonomous Åland has its own education legislation with its own comprehensive education law, comprehensive education regulation and curriculum. The elementary school curriculum is compiled with influences from both Finland and Sweden.
The smallest school in Åland has only 1 pupil in grades 1-6 while the largest primary school has ca 280 pupils. Secondary schools have between 130 and 330 pupils in each school, except the secondary schools located in the archipelago municipalities, which have 2 to 29 pupils in each school.
Basic and primary education in Åland is compulsory and free of charge. Children start school the year they turn 7 years old.