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Suomen ja ruotsin kieli Oulussa

Finnish and Swedish language in Oulu

Most people in Oulu speak Finnish as their mother tongue. In Oulu, you can study Finnish in many different ways: face-to-face in a classroom, distance learning on the internet, full-time or a few hours a week. Courses are offered by e.g., Multicultural center Villa Victor and Oulu-opisto. Customers of the TE office can access integration training. You can also study Swedish at Oulu-opisto.

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Here you can find information on the services available in Oulu. Other important information on this topic is available at Finnish and Swedish language.

There are two official languages in Finland: Finnish and Swedish. In Oulu, most people speak Finnish as their mother tongue. Usually, you can also receive service in shops and at offices in English and Swedish.

When you know the Finnish language, you can participate in society better.

Opportunities for studying Finnish or Swedish

Several different companies organize Finnish language teaching in Oulu. Some of the courses are free and some of the courses are paid.

If you are a customer of the TE Office, you can also study Finnish or Swedish as part of integration training. Ask your TE Specialist about integration training.

Multicultural Center Villa Victor organizes free Finnish courses on a non-stop basis. You can join the courses at any time, and the courses do not start or end. There are courses all year round, also in summer. Course schedules can be found on Villa Victor's teaching website.

Oulu-opisto of the city of Oulu organizes different levels of Finnish and Swedish language courses in autumn and spring. The courses are paid. Vuolle Setlementti offers Finnish language courses. In addition, at OAMK's open university of applied sciences, it is also possible to study the Finnish language and other courses with paid courses. At Oulu adult high school, you can also study the Finnish language as well as other courses and studies.

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Summer University of Northern Ostrobothnia

National Certificate of Language Proficiency

You can complete the National Certificate of Language Proficiency in Finnish or Swedish in Oulu. The website of the Finnish National Board of Education (Opetushallitus) contains a search page where you can check the locations and schedule for completing the language proficiency test.

Further information: Official certificate of language proficiency

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Certificate of Language Proficiency

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Finnish National Board of Education