A growing number of Finnish Muslims are joining Koran schools to study their faith, according to Helsinki University Islamic studies professor Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila.

While Finland does not have official Islamic theological seminaries, many informal schools are housed at Muslim congregations' premises. Finnish authorities don't keep tabs on the number of Muslims in the country, but Hämeen-Anttila puts the figure at around 40,000.

The Islamic Center in Helsinki is one of dozens of Muslim congregations in Finland offering education on the Koran. Nineteen year-old Yoonis Ali has been attending the centre's Koran lessons since he was a child.

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