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The article deals with the popularity of nursing education in Finland. Though the regional differences in applications for nursing education have decreased in recent years, the congested and annually accumulating demand as well as the search for education outside one's home province are most distinctly a problem of educational policy in the underdevelopment areas. Due to the greatly increased demand, the number of non-placed applicants rose from 29 000 in 1979 to 36 000 in 1982. It is reasoned that the accumulating demand results from women's sexually biased vocational orientation, from structures of vocational education that favour men, and from severe youth unemployment. For the sake of educational equality women should increasingly plan career alternatives that deviate from the traditional vocational roles. Educators, teachers and councellors should promote women's liberation from the old-fashioned patterns at levels of cognition and attitude.