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Study: Marginalised boys outnumber girls 2 to 1 in Finland

Fresh data from a youth NGO show that 66,000 teens in Finland are socially marginalised, with boys needing twice as much enhanced support as girls.

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Youth welfare group the We Foundation estimates that there are some 66,000 teenagers in Finland who can be considered socially marginalised. The figure is some 2,600 less than last year, a downtick the foundation calls insufficient in a recent report.

Although teenagers in Finland are more involved in working life than before and fewer teens end up on the margins of society than in previous years, We Foundation has described the current situation as critical.

According to the NGO, kids in danger of marginalisation are identified quite early in their school careers, but they do not receive assistance in time.

More than 11 percent of primary school boys receive enhanced support at school. The foundation says that the gap between the number of boys needing such support and the 6.5 percent of girls who require similar assistance has grown significantly in the last year alone.

The level of support provided increases with age, but students' overall life situation is often left unattended. The We Foundation says that the big picture can be hard to read as teen problems tend to have many causes both inside and outside of school.

Students need responsible adults to rely on and an active community to belong to, the foundation says.

In 2016 Finland was sixth in an OECD ranking of countries based on the number of young men who are not in education, employment or training. Some 21.1 percent of Finnish men aged 20-24 fell into that category, up from just 12.2 percent in 2005.

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