Turku has many sports and exercise possibilities for children and families with children. Sports/Exercise is organized by both the Sports Service Center as well as Turku's sports clubs and associations.
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.
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!
The goal of preparatory education is to give immigrant students necessary abilities in order for them to move on to basic education. Preparatory education is given to basic education students who have recently moved to Finland, whose language skills are not proficient enough to study in normal basic education groups. Preparatory education is centralized to few schools. Grades 1-6 preparatory education is given at the Varissuo and Pansio schools and Luostarivuori school's Martti and Kerttuli units.
Information and guidance point Nuorten Turku is a service meant for everyone under the age of 29. Parents can also use the service.
There are three computers, a copy machine, scanner and a telephone available for your use free of charge. You may search information independently or with the help of the staff members.
You may visit at any time during the opening hours without an appointment, but you can also make an appointment if you wish. You can also send your questions via email, through Facebook and WhatsApp or by making a phone call. Welcome!
Upper secondary school education is given in the schools of Turku
- in Finnish at 6 schools
- In Swedish at Katedralskolan i Åbo
- in English at the Turku International School
In addition to the upper secondary schools administrated by the City, also the Normal School of the University of Turku and Steiner School operate in Turku.
Service Area Director of Upper Secondary School Education in the City of Turku is Esko Heikkonen.
A youth centre is a place young people can call their own -- where you, too, will find an opportunity to play games, engage in hobbies with friends, and implement your own ideas. Activities are geared toward young people 9-18 years of age. Youth workers lead the activities in the youth centres.
In order to use the youth centres, you will need a youth card with a picture ID. The card allows you to use the game equipment available in the centres. The card is free of charge.
• 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 (TAI) is one of Finland’s largest upper secondary vocational school. It offers young people and adults education and training for basic vocational qualifications as well as vocational further education and training in the fields of Business Economics and Service, Technology, and Health and Welfare. Turku Vocational School has eight different units, some of them located right in the center of Turku.
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).
Spend an unforgettable night aboard a museum ship! The charm and milieu of a nostalgic cruise ship.
Turku locals are familiar with ‘Nolla-Bore’ (Zero-Bore) also known as the S/S Bore since it was completed in 1960 in Oskarshamn in Sweden. Today the location of the museum ship and the hostel operating within is found moored to the Aura riverside in the foreground of Forum Marinum, an ideal spot from where hostel guests can easily explore the harbour area on foot.
A youth card is personal and free of charge, and it can be granted to young people between the ages of 9 and 18. The card can be used to participate in the operations of youth centres and to receive discounts in events organised by the regional youth work as well as benefits offered by companies.
The card is valid for one school year at a time. The cardholder’s information is checked and the card updated with a school year sticker every year.
Children and Adolescents' Outpatient Clinic provides specialist level examinations and care for patients who are under 20 years old and reside in Turku.
When your child becomes ill, primarily contact your local health station or a private clinic where a doctor assesses the situation and, if needed, writes a referral to follow-up treatment, for example, to Children and Adolescents’ Outpatient Clinic.
Itäinen Pitkäkatu 30, 20700 Turku
Studying in the ICT track
Kerttuli Upper Secondary School ICT track is a national special upper secondary school accepted by the Ministry of Education. It is a continuation of the ‘future’s professionals of information technology and media’ track that began in autumn 2000, and it functions in close interaction with higher education institutions and business life.
Over 30 sports are represented in Kerttuli Upper Secondary School. Sport-specific morning coaching is given in 14 sports with 23 sports coaches. The athletes of other sports participate in attribute training or train in ways that have been agreed on separately and according to programmes designed by their own coaches.
Furniture: Tables, chairs and sofas. One wall of the hall is covered with mirrors.
Equipment: TV, video projector, DVD player, small sound reproduction
Type of facility: meeting room, club room, banqueting space
Other things to consider: The facilities are accessible
The rentable facilities comprise an arts and crafts room, group room, club cafeteria, kitchen, and the banqueting hall. The banqueting hall is ideal for larger events because of its portable furnishings, and also for dance practice because of the mirrors that cover one entire wall. The facilities of Teräsrautela Youth Space are suitable for meetings and parties.