Basic education normally lasts nine years and it is free. With comprehensive school a pupil has completed the compulsory part of the education system. Most pupils continue their studies either in upper secondary school or in vocationally oriented institutions (vocational basic examination, further vocational examination or special vocational examination). The three-year long general upper secondary education leads to a matriculation examination, after which the student may continue with higher education or basic vocational training. Those choosing vocational training instead of upper secondary education obtain a profession in some 3 years.
See illustration in Swedish at http://oph.fi/utbildning_och_examina and in Finnish at http://oph.fi/koulutus_ja_tutkinnot