The importance of home economics education is growing

13.10.2023 | Arctic Food Lab, GENERAL

Ready lingonberry soup.


In Finland, the basic education system is known for its quality and versatile teaching offer. One key part of this education is home economics education, which provides students with everyday life skills they will need in the future.

Home economics is a versatile and functional art and skill subject taught to manage everyday life, which also has social significance. Home economics education develops practical operational skills, cooperation and interaction skills, the ability to make sustainable choices and the ability to apply knowledge in everyday life situations.

The teaching creates a foundation for students’ household skills and supports their growth as active members of the family, home and society. In home economics education, you learn the basic requirements of everyday life at home and how to take care of your loved ones.

The importance of home economics education takes on an even more important role, especially with this uncertain world situation.


Source: Finnish National Agency For Education, www.oph.fi



Here is Luka ready for home economics homework – making a lingonberry soup.


Luka Pasma, a 7th grader from Pohjankartano school, made a work practice day in the Oulu2026 Arctic Food Lab program, writing the attached article.


Here is Luka’s favorite berry soup recipe from the northern forest:


Lingonberry soup


Ingredients (5 portions)

1 liter of water

5dl lingonberries

4 tablespoons of potato flour

1 tsp vanilla sugar

1 dl of sugar



Heat the water in a pot.

Add half of the lingonberries. Cook for 10 min.

Meanwhile, mix the potato flour and 1 dl of water in a small bowl.

When the lingonberries have boiled for 10 minutes, remove the pot from the stove.

Add the potato flour-water mixture, stirring all the time with a whisk.

Put the pot back on the heat, and let it boil (a little bubbling is enough).


Finally, add the remaining lingonberries and sugar.

Check the taste and enjoy <3




Arctic Food Lab

Northern Finland’s short but intensive summer ripens our local ingredients. Arctic Food Lab is a programme that brings forth the ingredients that have grown under the Oulu2026 region’s Northern sky, and the uniqueness of traditional food born under arctic circumstances. We want to offer locals and international guests Arctic Food Lab experiences that cannot be experienced anywhere else.


For more info, please contact us: arcticfoodlab@oulu2026.eu

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