There are many exercise opportunities for children and teenagers in Turku.
- The Sports Wonderlands for Kids are meant for families with children. Children aged 1–12 can visit the Wonderlands in the company of an adult. The Wonderlands are free of charge.
- The ‘Mihi’ classes offer 13–19-year-olds opportunities for exercising. These classes are also free of charge.
- Sports clubs offer many sports activities for children and teenagers at reasonable prices.
On schooldays the student gets a warm meal between 10.00 and 12.00. The meal covers approximately one third of a person’s daily food requirements.
Arkea Ruokapalvelu sells snacks in secondary schools and in upper secondary schools when it is allowed. List of schools and information about snacks and payment options are available in Finnish.
A student will be offered a special diet if the reason is medical, religious or ethical.
Hey you 15-29-year-old youth or young adult!
You can come and chat with the outreach youth workers over a cup of coffee, for instance. You can talk about anything that puzzles you. Our activities are voluntary and confidential.
Contact us if…
…your plans for the future are unclear…you do not have a job or a study place…you are lonely and want something to do…filling official forms feels difficult…you just want to chat or you would like to get support in a life situation that feels difficult.
There is one upper secondary school in Turku where education is given in Swedish: Katedralskolan i Åbo.
The Swedish Language Section of Education Committee is responsible for Swedish language services. The Swedish language services are directed by Liliane Kjellman.
Hey you under 29-year-old! Would you like to try out various crafts, or do you need something to do during the day?
In the youth workshops you can try the work of:
- a furniture maker
- a painter
- a metal workshop worker
- a real estate manager
- a repairer
- a textile or craft worker
While working, you can discuss solutions to everyday challenges with the youth workers and career planners.
Contact us and come check out the youth workshops of Fendari. Here you can see real examples of handiworks!
VALMO is meant for students whose native languages are not Finnish or Swedish and prepares them for basic education. The students learn Finnish and other skills for approximately a year before transferring to local schools.
Students whose native languages are not Finnish or Swedish can choose between Finnish as a Second Language and Literature (S2) or Swedish as Second Language and Literature (R2).
OMO is education given in students’ native languages.
NuortenTurku is an information and guidance service for those under the age of 29. You can get guidance and support from us in matters such as searching for a job or filling in various forms.
In NuortenTurku you can search for information by yourself or with help from an employee. During opening hours you can visit either with or without an appointment. You can also send your questions via email, Facebook, WhatsApp, or call us by phone.
In Turku, you can attend upper secondary school either in Finnish-speaking day upper secondary schools or in the Evening High School of Turku. Swedish-speaking upper secondary school education is offered by the school Katedralskolan i Åbo and English-speaking education by Turku International School.
In addition to these schools owned by the City of Turku, upper secondary school education is also offered by the Teacher Training School of Turku University and by Turku Steiner School.
Youth centres are spaces for children and teens with activities geared towards 9–18-year-olds. In these centres you can meet other young people, play games and take part in shared activities. You can also pursue your own ideas. Alcohol or drugs are not allowed at youth centres. The centres are supervised by trained youth workers.
In order to participate in the activities you will need a youth card. The card is free of charge and you can get one from any youth centre.
Parents always have the responsibility to teach their child to move safely in traffic. The way to school should be acquainted together with the child well beforehand.
School transportation is primarily provided with the City's public transportation bus card. The card can be loaded at the Public Transportation Service Office, Aurakatu 5.
• Supports the student’s everyday work at school, interaction, and ability to function
• evaluates the student’s circumstances by learning about the student’s school attendance and life situation at individual, family and school community levels
• consults teachers and student welfare personnel
• co-operates closely and openly with parents
• works with classes and student groups
• participates in multidisciplinary student welfare work and networking
• participates in the development of school-specific student welfare as an expert of their own field
Turku has four campgrounds for youth: Ahtela in Sauvo, Tippsund in Taivassalo, Vienola in Rymättylä and Nukkumajoki in Inari.
Affordable areas with cabins, available for rent for:
- youth organizations
- private persons
- trip and camp activities of the city
The campgrounds are ideal for larger groups and events, but they are also suited for small groups. The campgrounds can also be rented just for day use.
Turku Vocational Institute prepares students for careers in 40 different professions. We offer vocational education to students of all ages. With us, you can pursue a basic vocational degree, a vocational qualification or a specialist vocational qualification.
Vocational education is a gateway into both a professional career and further studies. Our education is meant for anyone willing to pursue a vocational degree, further their expertise or career, change fields or find a job. Due to the continuous application period, you can apply throughout the year.
The Evening High School of Turku (Turun iltalukio) is an upper secondary education school meant for adults where it is possible to finish basic education studies, get the general upper secondary education certificate, pass the Finnish Matriculation Examination or to study single subjects (e.g. languages).
åppi is a new learning app of augmented reality. Developed in Turku, it encourages pupils and students to walk along the side of the River Aura and introduces unheard stories from Turku. The app can be downloaded free of charge in Google Play store and App store and it is useful for teaching history, biology, visual arts and languages, for instance.
City of Turku and Bayer. For the part of the City of Turku, STEAM Turku is responsible for implementation.
In collaboration with
In collaboration with Turku Energia Oy, Raisio Oyj and NGS Finland Oy.
Beyond 2030 Challenge – combine science and technology, save the planet and man
The teams of one to four members registering for the competition create a short description of their science project by 23 September 2020. The description is submitted electronically e.g. in video form (maximum length 2 minutes) or as a written report (maximum length one page).
Beyond 2030 Challenge is a science competition organised by the City of Turku and Bayer. The competition is supported by the local academics and industry. In the competition, upper secondary education students in groups of one to four people develop new ideas, innovations and applications that
a) help save the environment (solutions related to climate change, sustainable development, circular economy etc.) and/or
b) help save man (solutions related to social environment, wellbeing technology, reducing poverty and illnesses etc.)
1. Registration phase
The teams of one to four members create a short description of their science project by 23 September. The description must include:
1) Short description of the idea
The proposed solution may be related to, for instance, climate change prevention, sustainable solutions, wellbeing technology, health technology, reducing poverty or illnesses, reducing littering of seas or other prevention of threats to the future of mankind and/or the planet. Creativity, innovation and STEAM spirit are considered a plus!
The registration for the competition is open until 11 September. Up to 30 projects among the science and technology projects registered for the competition are selected for implementation in the project phase beginning in October. The best of the project phase are invited to present their results in the closing event organised in January 2021.
First prize – 3 000 euros
Second prize – 1 500 euros
Third prize – 1 000 euros
The awarded sum must be evenly divided between project team members.
In an emergency, always call the general emergency number 112 and act according to the instructions received on the telephone.
Guidelines for accidents at school
Finnish for Foreigners are courses in the Finnish language. They are especially planned for immigrants who have residence permit and who do not get any other education in the Finnish language. We offer ten courses in Finnish as a second or foreign language.