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What is Vaasan Lyseon Lukio?
Vaasan Lyseon Lukio (just call us "Lyska") is an upper secondary school in Vaasa, Finland. With long traditions and still changing with times, Lyska has proved to be a popular choice for students. Vaasan Lyseo is the oldest Finnish-speaking school of this kind in the district of Southern Bothnia in Western Finland. The school was established in 1880. One of the two school buildings is 120 years old, but it was completely renovated during 1995-96 and both buildings again in 2012, so the classrooms and equipment are fully up to date. We have about 900 students and 65 teachers. 

Vaasan Lyseo works in co-operation with other educational establishments in Vaasa. For example, some of our students take part in courses at the University of Vaasa, while others can take music lessons in Kuula-opisto (a music institute) or create a theatrical production in Vaasa City Theatre. We also have an adult evening school operating in the same buildings and partly sharing the same personnel. 
The students have lots of different courses to choose from. Languages and science studies are perhaps the most important part of the curriculum. We also co-operate with the Sports Academy of Vaasa Region, so that students, who have been accepted to the Academy, can have professional sports training during their school year. 
Links: If you are looking for general information about Finland, a good place to start is This is Finland, a large collection of web pages and further links maintained by the Foreign Ministry. You'll find among other things Finnish food recipies. Information about the city of Vaasa can be found at

Studying in English

In Vaasa it is also possible to study for the International Baccalaureate (IB) examination. IB is an international upper secondary examination, which is in use in 146 countries. See for details.

In Vaasa, 28 students are accepted yearly for the program. Studies take three years. During the first year (Pre-IB year) students follow the Finnish curriculum, except that they study in English. After that students can choose their subjects and study levels (Standard level or Higher level). Higher level is selected in 3-4 subjects. 

IB-examination is of equal value with the national upper secondary examination. IB-studies in Vaasa are organized by Vasa övningsskolas gymnasium, a Swedish-language upper secondary school. More information:​