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Waldorf in Finland

First Waldorf school was established in 1955 in Helsinki. Now we have 24 Steiner Waldorf Schools and 44 Kindergartens - northernmost are on the Polar Circle.

Waldorf Schools in Finland are called Steiner Schools. All Finnish Steiner Schools are part of the national school system. All of the Waldorf Schools have government funding (94% of municipality school funding) and they have to follow national core curricula.

And yet Steiner Schools and Kindergartens have strong own originality.

Like in ECSWE's (European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education) factsheet 2017-2018 tells:


Education enabling all children to holistically unfold their unique potential throughout their lifelong personal and professional development.


Supporting genuine Steiner Waldorf education and promoting human-centred education in Europe


It has nearly been 100 years. Rudolf Steiner founded the fi rst Waldorf School in Stuttgart in 1919, upon request of entrepreneur Emil Molt, who had asked him to create a school for the children of workers at the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and 1,700 Waldorf kindergartens in over 80 countries around the globe – and the movement is growing fast. Most of these schools are located in Europe and represented by our members.


Steiner Waldorf education emphasizes the role of imagination in learning and integrates the intellectual, practical, and artistic development of pupils holistically. The Steiner Waldorf curriculum is non-prescriptive, in accord with developmental needs of the child and avoids an undue early specialisation or inappropriate academic pressure. The Steiner core curriculum is taught in bloc lessons. A class teacher accompanies children from school entry age for several years in succession. Our schools are co-educational, and usually both comprehensive and integrated from the age of 6/7 to 18/19. Our schools and settings aspire to a model of management and leadership which is collaborative, with responsibility and accountability defi ned and shared transparently throughout the organisation.

To get more information of Steiner Waldorf Education in Finland, please contact our office.

Federation for Steiner Waldorf Education in Finland
Pia Pale
Executive Manager
+358 (0)44 358 8826
pia.pale (at)


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