In Finland the national administration of education and training has a two-tier structure. The Ministry of Education and Culture is the highest authority and is responsible for all publicly funded education in Finland. The Ministry is responsible for preparing educational legislation, all necessary decisions and its share of the state budget for the Government.
The Finnish National Agency for Education is the national development agency responsible for early childhood education and care, pre-primary, basic, general and vocational upper secondary education as well as for adult education and training. Higher education is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Finnish National Agency for Education decides on national core curricula and qualification requirements in the fields of education under its domain. The Agency also provides support for evidence-based policy-making as well as maintains several national and international services in education.