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Western Finland
Länsi-Suomen lääni
Västra Finlands län

Coat of arms
Country Finland
Established September 1, 1997
Abolished January 1, 2010
Capital Turku
Government
 - Governor Rauno Saari
Area
 - Total 74,185 km2 (28,643 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 - Total 1,839,581
 - Density 24.8/km2 (64.2/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
ISO 3166 code LS
NUTS code 19

The Province of Western Finland was a province of Finland from 1997 to 2010. It bordered the provinces of Oulu, Eastern Finland and Southern Finland. It also bordered the Gulf of Bothnia towards Åland.

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History

For History, Geography and Culture see: Finland Proper, Satakunta and Ostrobothnia

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 new Province of Western Finland.

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

Administration

The Western Finland State Provincial Office was a joint regional administrative authority of seven ministries. The State Provincial Office served at five localities; the main office was in Turku, regional service offices were located in Jyväskylä, Tampere and Vaasa, and finally there was an office in Pori. The State Provincial Office was led by Governor Rauno Saari. Approximately 350 persons worked at the State Provincial Office. The agency was divided into eight departments.

Regions

Main article: Regions of Western Finland

Western Finland was divided into seven regions:

The regions in Western Finland were divided into 204 municipalities.

Heraldry

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

Notes

  1. ^ "New regional administration model abolishes provinces in 2010". Helsingin Sanomat International Edition. Sanoma Corporation. 31 December 2009. http://www.hs.fi/english/article/New+regional+administration+model+abolishes+provinces+in+2010/1135251815296. Retrieved 1 January 2010.  

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Coordinates: 62°N 24°E / 62°N 24°E / 62; 24

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : Scandinavia : Finland : Western Finland
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Western Finland (Länsi-Suomen lääni) is a province of Finland.

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Regions

Western Finland is divided into seven regions.

  • Central Finland (Keski-Suomi, Mellersta Finland)
  • Central Ostrobothnia (Keski-Pohjanmaa, Mellersta Österbotten)
  • Finland Proper (Varsinais-Suomi, Egentliga Finland)
  • Ostrobothnia (Pohjanmaa, Österbotten), the only mainland region with a slight Swedish-speaking majority
  • Pirkanmaa (Birkaland)
  • Satakunta (Satakunda)
  • Southern Ostrobothnia (Etelä-Pohjanmaa, Södra Österbotten)
  • Rauma (Raumo), beautifully preserved old town which is on the UNESCO world heritage list
  • Rautalampi
  • Kangasala, home to famously beautiful lakes and ridges
  • Nokia, the former home of a certain rubber boot company that went high-tech
  • Närpes (Närpiö), tomato capital of Finland with their own special Swedish dialect
  • Salamajärvi National Park
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