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Homeschooling is allowed in Finland, as education is legally required but school attendance is not. The Basic Education Act offers homeschooling as an option under Sections 25, 26, and 45 as long as parents notify the municipality and ensure that the curriculum is equal to what is used in public schools. Each student’s progress is assessed by municipal authorities, with achievement tests given by a teacher at a local school. Parents can be fined if the child’s home education is found to be inadequate. 

Reference: Blok, H. & Karsten, S. (2011). Inspection of home education in European countries. European Journal of Education, 46(1), 145.

Please Note: Since homeschooling regulations change periodically and legal interpretations may vary, these data should be verified with legal counsel as well.