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Trivial schools (Swedish : trivialskolan, Finnish : triviaalikoulu) were schools in Sweden and its integrated part Finland from the early 17th century, in Sweden to 1905. [1]


Trivial schools were the second grade of education in the 1649 school reform of Queen Christina. First grade was Pedagogium, followed by Trivial school and Gymnasium. Education in Trivial schools was given in three subjects; grammar including Latin and Greek, rhetoric and dialectic. [2] The school lasted for eight years, having four two-year classes. They were disbanded in Grand Duchy of Finland by the 1843 school reform and in Sweden in 1905. [3]

Examples of trivial schools can be found in numerous other cities in Geseke, Siegburg, [4] Sankt Andrä (Carinthia) and Hamm. [5] There was also a so-called trivial school in Schüttorf in the 16th century, but this saw itself as an educational institution that prepared students for university studies and not as a simple country school. [6]

Trivial schools in Sweden

Trivial schools in Finland

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  1. Nordisk Familiebok / Uggleupplagan. 29. (in Swedish). Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  2. Opillinen koulutus Ruotsin suurvaltakaudella (in Finnish). Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  3. Nordisk Familiebok / Uggleupplagan. 17. (in Swedish). Retrieved November 16, 2013.
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