Finnish schools

Finland is an inspiration not least in public education. What types of learning spaces do Finnish children enjoy?
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Ritaharju School, Oulu. Joint school and public library; reading nook demarcated by colourful circular fiction shelves; colours denote reading levels. Note lighting, light floor and walls with harmonious colour design and plants.

Joint school and public library; reading nook demarcated by colourful circular fiction shelves; Note lighting, light floor and walls with harmonious colour design and plants.

Dining hall, kitchen and upper gallery corridor at Kaakkuri School. Oulu.

Dining hall, kitchen and upper gallery corridor at Kaakkuri School.

The inside of the "Kursk" computer room at Kaakkuri School, Oulu - a very appealing futuristic space.

The inside of the "Kursk" computer room at Kaakkuri School, Oulu - a very appealing futuristic space.

External installation artwork at Kaakkuri School, Oulu. A percentage of the budget for a new build or renovation must be spent on artworks.

External installation artwork at Kaakkuri School, Oulu. A percentage of the budget for a new build or renovation must be spent on artworks.

Ritaharju School, Oulu - central foyer area of school from above showing the installation tower, the recreational space, lighting and stairs to the upper level.

Ritaharju School, Oulu - central foyer area of school from above showing the installation tower, the recreational space, lighting and stairs to the upper level.

Ritaharju School, Oulu - a computer room with attractive colour scheme mainly in the furniture and flexible pipes carrying the wires become a design feature.

Ritaharju School, Oulu - a computer room with attractive colour scheme mainly in the furniture and flexible pipes carrying the wires become a design feature.

External entry to Kaakkuri School. Oulu - attractive enfolding entrance with beautiful trees.

External entry to Kaakkuri School. Oulu - attractive enfolding entrance with beautiful trees.

Entry foyer of Kaakkuri School, Oulu, leading into the dining hall where free hot lunches are served to students and staff each school day. Note another artwork on the far wall.

Entry foyer of Kaakkuri School, Oulu, leading into the dining hall where free hot lunches are served to students and staff each school day.

Ritaharju School, Oulu - main central area of the school; beautiful lighting; installation artwork in central tower (students can take photos of themselves with effects which show on the screen); recreational seating and table tennis tables; light walls and floor.

Ritaharju School, Oulu - main central area of the school; beautiful lighting; installation artwork in central tower (students can take photos of themselves with effects which show on the screen); recreational seating and table tennis tables; light walls and floor.

Ritaharju School, Oulu - light walls, ceiling and floor; excellent lighting; tasteful student artwork on column.

Ritaharju School, Oulu - light walls, ceiling and floor; tasteful student artwork on column.

The "Kursk", a computer room at Kaakkuri School, Oulu, at one end of the school library. It does look like a submarine.

The "Kursk", a computer room at Kaakkuri School, Oulu, at one end of the school library. It does look like a submarine.

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