Eco-Schools in Finland

Eco-Schools is the world's largest sustainable schools programme. In Finland there are more than 300 schools currently participating. Starting from 2020, it is also possible for international schools located in Finland to participate in the programme in English.

The world's largest sustainable schools programme

Eco-Schools is the world's largest sustainable schools programme. Globally the programme operates in 68 countries, and it has been run in Finland with the name Vihreä lippu (Green Flag) already for over 20 years. Currently there are more than 300 schools registered in the programme in Finland.

Eco-Schools empowers children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through the simple Seven-Step framework in order to achieve the international Eco-Schools Green Flag award. Eco-Schools develops pupils’ skills, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and creates financial savings for schools as well as a whole host of other benefits.

Read more about the global Eco-Schools programme here.

Video: Environmental education, participation and everyday actions - Eco-Schools 20 years in Finland!

International schools in Finland

FEE Finland has developed their own materials and criteria for awarding the Green flag in Finland, based on the Finnish educational system. These materials and criteria are available to Finnish- and Swedish-speaking schools in the country.

Starting in January 2020, English-speaking international schools located in Finland may join the programme as well, however following slightly different guidelines and materials, which have been tailored for international schools by the International Eco-Schools Programme.

Find tools and resources for International Schools here.

Signing up for the programme

If you are an international school with a multinational and multilingual staff and student body, and located in Finland, you may join the programme in English by filling in the sign-up form here.

If you are a school operating mainly in Finnish or Swedish, please join the programme here. If you are an international school located outside Finland, you can find further info about joining the programme at the international Eco-Schools programme website.

Costs of joining the programme

The cost for participating in the Eco-Schools programme in Finland is 550 € / year for schools with more than 100 pupils, or 275 € / year for schools with 100 or fewer pupils. The yearly levy will cover administration, support & mentoring, resources & tools, as well as the Green Flag certification.

We believe that savings in water, waste and electricity costs as the results of implementing the Eco-Schools programme in your school will more than cover the costs of the yearly levy.

International schools are assessed for the Green Flag certificate by an on-site assessment visit. During the pilot phase 2020-2021 there will be no extra cost for the assessment visits, apart from possible travel and accommodation costs.

More information

Are you interested in joining the Eco-Schools programme as an international school in Finland and want to know more? Please contact us by telephone or email:

tel. 09 4541 8151

Vihreä lippu | FEE Suomi
Lintulahdenkatu 10, 5. krs
00500 Helsinki

+358 9 4541 8151

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