Activities for children in Finland

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Here you will find information on sporting, musical, artistic and cultural activities for children in Finland.


Under the Act on the Promotion of Sports and Physical Activity, it is the responsibility of the state and the municipalities to facilitate physical activity. There are around 11,000 sports organisations in Finland. Most sports and physical activity is organised by them. The Ministry of Education is responsible for the overall management and development of sports policy.

The municipalities create opportunities for physical activity at the local level, for example by supporting civic action, providing sporting facilities and organising sporting and physical activities, with due regard for various target groups. You can find more information on the sporting activities organised by various municipalities and on sporting facilities on the municipalities’ websites.

Adult education centres throughout Finland also organise various sporting activities. You can also ask more about club activities for children from the Finnish Olympic Committee.

Music and culture

Basic arts education is informal education in various artistic disciplines for children and young people. Basic arts education is organised for example by muncipalities.

There are around 200 adult education centres in Finland, which organise a wide range of art, music, handicraft, circus   and cultural activities. Adult education centres also organise language courses.

Music education is also organised by music institutes, music schools and conservatories. Almost all music education establishments have a music play school for children.

If you do not want to or cannot buy your own musical instrument straight away, you can often also borrow instruments from music education establishments.

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