Competition for the Faculty of Education at the University of Helsinki is 20 people for one position. The number of people who want to teach exceeds the amount of working positions by 10 times. The average monthly salary of a teacher is €3,500. Teaching is a very prestigious profession in Finland, hence children are taught by the best.
There is no strict program of education. Every teacher decides for himself which books and programs to use. Apart from the teacher, there is a special assistant in every lesson, watching and helping the children do their work.