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The Finnish National Opera is an employer on a significant scale: opera and ballet can only be created through the combined efforts of a great number of people.

The FNO has 541 permanent employees: 113 orchestra members, 56 chorus members, 19 soloists, 72 ballet dancers, 59 employees in other artistic duties and production, 168 employees in technical duties and workshops and 45 administrators.

FNO personnel are an international crowd, with 31 different nationalities.

In addition to permanent personnel, the FNO has some 900 guest employees in various fields each year. The FNO also runs a Ballet School with 1720 pupils, of whom about 26 are in vocational education. (Figures from December 2010.)