More than 100 state-run kindergartens and elementary schools are to be shut down over the summer and almost 30 more will be merged, saving the government 228,000 euros a year.

The Education Ministry said Wednesday that a total of 118 schools would be closed and 29 merged, while two new kindergartens and three elementary schools would be opened.

The ministry decides each summer what changes to make to schools but this year saving public money has also played a role in the decision-making process.