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Ostrobothnia
Pohjanmaan maakunta
Österbottens landskap
—  Region  —

Coat of arms
Ostrobothnia on a map of Finland
Country Finland
Historical province Ostrobothnia
Area
 - Total 7,932.36 km2 (3,062.7 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 - Total 175,100
 - Density 22.1/km2 (57.2/sq mi)
NUTS 195
Regional bird Common Swift (Apus apus)
Regional fish Common whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus)
Regional flower European Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
Website pohjois-karjala.fi

Ostrobothnia (Swedish: Österbotten; Finnish: Pohjanmaa) is a region of Finland. It is located in Western Finland. It borders to the regions Central Ostrobothnia, Southern Ostrobothnia, and Satakunta and is one of the four regions making up the historical province of Ostrobothnia.

Ostrobothnia is one of the two Finnish regions with a Swedish speaking majority, the other being Åland. The Swedish-speakers make up 51,2%.[1] The regional tree is the Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa), the regional mammal is the Common Elk (Alces alces alces), the regional stone is the Vaasa granite and the regional song is "The march of Vaasa" (Swedish: Vasa marsch, Finnish: Vaasan marssi).

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Municipalities

There are 17 municipalities in Ostrobothnia region. Cities and towns are marked in bold.

Name in the majority language Name in the minority language Population Swedish speakers Finnish speakers
Isokyrö   5.007 0.6 % 98.9 %
Jakobstad Pietarsaari 19.673 56.4 % 40.2 %
Kaskinen Kaskö 1.472 28.1 % 68.1 %
Korsholm Mustasaari 18.260 70.2 % 28.7 %
Korsnäs   2.230 91.2 % 3.2 %
Kristinestad Kristiinankaupunki 7.278 56.6 % 42.2 %
Kronoby Kruunupyy 6.718 83.3 % 15.6 %
Laihia   7.753 1.0 % 98.3 %
Larsmo   4.698 92.5 % 6.5 %
Malax Maalahti 5.596 88.2 % 9.1 %
Närpes   9.494 88.4 % 5.8 %
Nykarleby Uusikaarlepyy 7.473 89.3 % 8.1 %
Oravais Oravainen 2.163 80.9 % 10.3 %
Pedersöre Pedersören kunta 10.820 90.1 % 9.0 %
Vaasa Vasa 58.607 24.8 % 69.8 %
Vähäkyrö   4.741 1.7 % 97.7 %
Vörå-Maxmo Vöyri-Maksamaa 4.484 84.6 % 13.6 %

Heraldry

The bundle is a symbol of the Royal House of Vasa; a Vasa king established the city of Vaasa, the capital of the region. The running weasels are a symbol of Pohjanmaa.

See also

References

  1. ^ Väestö iän ja sukupuolen mukaan alueittain 31.12.2008. Tilastokeskus: demography.

External links

Coordinates: 63°N 22°E / 63°N 22°E / 63; 22

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