Education for Sustainable Development in Finland

  • Mauri K. ÅhlbergEmail author
  • Mervi Aineslahti
  • Annukka Alppi
  • Lea Houtsonen
  • Anna Maaria Nuutinen
  • Arto Salonen
Part of the Schooling for Sustainable Development book series (SSDE, volume 6)


Finland is an interesting case with regard to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) because of the high quality of Finnish Schools, their teachers and the high esteem of Finnish teacher education and educational research. The Finnish approach to ESD is very much action research led, inspired by the international ENSI network, with a strong impetus coming from the only ESD professorship in Finland at the University of Helsinki. The chapter shows how a couple of exemplary schools deal with implementing ESD in their daily practice and what role both a Regional Centre of Excellence in ESD and the Finnish National Board of Education play in supporting these endeavours. The importance of an eco-social approach to education, systems thinking and value based education is highlighted.


Sustainable Development Ecosystem Service Good Life Local Species Knowledge Forum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mauri K. Åhlberg
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mervi Aineslahti
    • 2
  • Annukka Alppi
    • 3
  • Lea Houtsonen
    • 4
  • Anna Maaria Nuutinen
    • 5
  • Arto Salonen
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Teacher EducationUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Sorrila SchoolValkeakoskiFinland
  3. 3.Mahnala Environmental SchoolHämeenkyröFinland
  4. 4.Finnish National Board of EducationHelsinkiFinland
  5. 5.City of EspooEspooFinland
  6. 6.Faculty of Welfare and Human FunctioningHelsinki Metropolia University of Applied SciencesHelsinkiFinland

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