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Welcome to the Uno Cygnaeus and Wolmar Schildt jubilee year website!

In 2008, a total of 561 061 pupils attended basic education in Finland, and the number of our general upper secondary school pupils was 114 240. In the same year, there were 164 068 university students in Finland, 53.4 per cent of them women. In total, 38 200 university degrees were completed in this year. In 2007, the number of students studying at vocational institutions was 203 184 and at universities of applied sciences (polytechnics) 133 284. - Source: Statistics Finland

The roots of education and teacher education with instruction in Finnish are to be found in Central Finland. In 2010, two hundred years will have passed since the birth of Uno Cygnaeus and Wolmar Schildt, two notable men who have had a great impact not only on Finnish education but also on the Finnish language. In the 19th century, when Finland was an autonomous part of the Russian empire, Cygnaeus and Schildt remarkably promoted the status of the national language, which even played an important role in Finland gaining its independence in 1917.

Both of these men, who became familiar with each other through their student association activities, fostered the development of teaching in Finnish particularly during their residence in Jyväskylä. It is for this reason that the City of Jyväskylä and the Jyväskylä University, together with their cooperation partners, wish to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Uno Cygnaeus and Wolmar Schildt in 2010.

The events of the jubilee year will be updated on this website. In honour of the jubilee year, a web exhibition will also be opened in April of this year.

We invite you to share in our celebration and commemoration of Uno Cygnaeus and Wolmar Schildt, the Finnish language, culture, and education!

The heartbeat of Finnish education - Cygnaeus and Schildt 200 years © 2010 City of Jyväskylä & University of Jyväskylä