Läroverket för gossar och flickor

Läroverket för gossar och flickor, (eng. The educational institution for boys and girls) also known as Brobergska samskolan or Broban, was a Swedish school that operated in Helsinki 1883–1973.[1] The school was the first co-educational school in Finland, ie the first where males and females were educated together.[2] The author and artist Tove Jansson, creator of Moomin, went to Läroverket för gossar och flickor.

Läroverket för gossar och flickor
Korkeavuorenkatu 23 - Helsinki 1922 - N26404 - hkm.HKMS000005-00000was.jpg

School typePrivate, co-educational


Läroverket för gossar och flickor was founded in 1883 by professor Fridolf Gustafsson,[3] assessor Uno Kurtén and assisting professorin Georg Asp.[2] The school was originally called Helsingfors lärovärk för gossar och flickor, but the name was officially changed to Läroverket för gossar och flickor in 1912. Karl Theodor Broberg was headmaster 1883–1900,[1] and the school was unofficially called Brobergska skolan (eng. Broberg's school) or "Broban" after him.[4]

Physics class in 1925.

Läroverket för gossar och flickor offered nine educational levels and from 1889 the students could complete the matriculation examination and thus qualify for entry into university.[2] The school broke new ground since this opened the doors for girls to graduate and continue their studies at a university. The school followed a curriculum with special emphasis until the Russification of Finland (1899-1905) when all curricula were aligned.[4]

The school operated at various addresses in central Helsinki until 1895, when it moved in to its own building at Korkeavuorenkatu 23, where the Design Museum is now located.

The Design Museum is located in the school's former building.

In 1973, Läroverket för gossar och flickor merged with Laguska skolan and formed Minervaskolan. In 1975, the new school was merged with Tölö Svenska samskola (Zillen) and closed two years later when the Finnish school system was reformed in 1977, and the pupils were moved to Lönnbäckska skolan and Lönnbäckska gymnasiet.

Class in progress in the 1890ies.

Famous alumniEdit


  • 1883-1900 Karl Theodor Broberg
  • 1900-1905 J.M. Granit
  • 1905-1917 Jakob Einar Meinander
  • 1917-1925 Rolf Krogerus
  • 1925-1944 Fritiof Freudenthal
  • 1944-1947 Torsten Steinby
  • 1947-1968 Eric W. Nyström
  • 1968-1973 Hilding August Karling
  • 1973-1977 Margareta Grigorkoff (after the merge with other schools)


  1. ^ a b "Koulurekisteri". koulurekisteri.hel.fi. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  2. ^ a b c "MINERVA SKOLAN (HELSINGFORS)". www.yksityiskoulut.fi. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  3. ^ Carpelan, T. & Tudeer, L. O. Th. (1925). Helsingfors universitet. Lärare och tjänstemän från år 1828. I. A--K. Helsinki: Söderström & C.o Förlagsaktiebolag.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ a b "Läroverket för gossar och flickor (Broban), Helsingfors – Svenska skolhistoriska föreningen i Finland rf" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2021-04-14.