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Western Finland Province

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Country  Finland
Capital  Turku
Governor  Rauno Saari
Area  74,185 km2
Founded  September 1, 1997

Western Finland Province in the past, History of Western Finland Province
Colleges and Universities  University of Jyvaskyla
Destinations  Turku, Tampere, Rauma, Vaasa, Jyvaskyla
Points of interest  Sarkanniemi, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Luostarinmaki, Moominvalley, Moomin World

Map of Western Finland Province

Western Finland (Finnish: Länsi-Suomen lääni, Swedish: Västra Finlands län) was a province of Finland from 1997 to 2009. It bordered the provinces of Oulu, Eastern Finland and Southern Finland. It also bordered the Gulf of Bothnia towards Åland.


Western Finland Province in the past, History of Western Finland Province


Western Finland Province Western Finland Province Wikipedia

On September 1, 1997 the Province of Turku and Pori, the Province of Vaasa, the Province of Central Finland and the northern parts of the Province of Häme were joined to form the then new Province of Western Finland.

All the provinces of Finland were abolished on January 1, 2010.


The State Provincial Office was a joint regional administrative authority of seven ministries. The State Provincial Office served at five localities; the main office was placed in Turku, and regional service offices were located in Jyväskylä, Tampere, Vaasa, and Pori. Approximately 350 persons worked at the State Provincial Office. The agency was divided into eight departments.


Western Finland was divided into seven regions:

  • Southern Ostrobothnia (Etelä-Pohjanmaa / Södra Österbotten)
  • Ostrobothnia (Pohjanmaa / Österbotten)
  • Pirkanmaa (Pirkanmaa / Birkaland)
  • Satakunta (Satakunta / Satakunda)
  • Central Ostrobothnia (Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten)
  • Central Finland (Keski-Suomi / Mellersta Finland)
  • Finland Proper (Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland)
  • Municipalities in 2009 (cities in bold)

    Western Finland was divided into 142 municipalities in 2009.


  • Heikki Koski 1997-2003
  • Rauno Saari 2003-2009
  • Heraldry

    The coat of arms of Western Finland was composed of the arms of Finland Proper, Satakunta and Ostrobothnia.


    Western Finland Province Wikipedia

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