One of the basic principles of Finnish education is that all people must have equal access to high-quality education and training. The same educational opportunities should be available to all citizens irrespective of their ethnic origin, age, wealth or where they live.
Most institutions providing basic and upper secondary level education are maintained by local authorities or joint municipal consortia. Responsibility for educational funding is divided between the State and the local authorities. Most private institutions do not differ from those that are publicly maintained.