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Western Finland

Länsi-Suomen lääni

Västra Finlands län
Coat of arms of Western Finland
Coat of arms
Location of Western Finland
Country Finland
Established September 1, 1997
Abolished January 1, 2010
Capital Turku
Government
 • Governor Rauno Saari
Area
 • Total 74,185 km (28,643 sq mi)
Population
 (December 31, 2009)
 • Total 1,889,542
 • Density 25/km (66/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
ISO 3166 code LS
NUTS code 19

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.

History

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.

Administration

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.

Regions

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.

Former municipalities (disestablished before 2009)

Governors

  • 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.

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