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In general, the Nordic countries have the same view on both teaching and education. Equal access to – life long – learning, training in the principles of democracy, independence and critical awareness are some of the central issues. More or less, the Nordic countries also share the same view regarding the major role the state plays when it comes to education. Comprehensive schools are compulsory in all Nordic countries and local authorities finance them with general grants from the state. After 9-10 years of compulsory schooling practically all students continue to study. For more information:

Keywords:  level of education, education, training, teaching, school, financial support for students, life long learning, student, public spending

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This indicator shows students' mean score in performance in the Nordic region by reading literacy, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy. PISA assesses the levels of knowledge and skills attained by 15-year-olds in the OECD countries (and other partner countries). Reading literacy: is defined in PISA as the ability to understand, use and reflect on written texts in order to achieve one's goals, to develop one's knowledge and potential, and to participate effectively in society. Mathematical literacy: is defined in PISA as the capacity to identify, understand and engage in mathematics as well as to make well-founded judgements about the role that mathematics plays in an individual's current and future life as a constructive, concerned and reflective citizen. Scientific literacy: is defined as the capacity to use scientific knowledge, to identify questions and to draw evidence-based conclusions in order to understand and help make decisions about the natural world and human interactions with it. For more information:

Keywords:  mean score, students, science, literacy, performance, mathematics, study, studies, reading, maths
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