The Alternative Finnish Dictionary: ammattikoulu

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ammattikoulu etymology ammatti + koulu
noun: {{fi-noun}}
  1. (informal) A vocational school.
Formerly, until 1990's, the vocational schools were both officially and in common usage called ammattikoulu in Finnish. Then the educational system was renewed and a whole lot of new terminology was introduced, presumably to underline the change, but in reality it serves to unintentionally reveal the self-importance of the planning bureaucracy. Terms toisen asteen ammatillinen oppilaitos, ammatillinen oppilaitos, ammattioppilaitos and ammattiopisto mean roughly the same thing but the folks still like to call all of them ammattikoulu or more simply, amis. Synonyms: amis, ammattiopisto, ammattioppilaitos

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