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Southern Finland

Southern Finland Province
Etelä-Suomen lääni
Södra Finlands län

Coat of arms
Country Finland
Established September 1, 1997
Abolished January 1, 2010
Capital Hämeenlinna
 • Governor Anneli Taina
 • Total 34,378 km2 (13,273 sq mi)
Population (December 31, 2009)
 • Total 2,209,677
 • Density 64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
ISO 3166 code ES
NUTS code 18

Southern Finland was a province of Finland from 1997 to 2009. It bordered the provinces of Western Finland and Eastern Finland. It also bordered the Gulf of Finland and Russia.


For history, geography, and culture, see Tavastia (historical province), Finnish Karelia, and Uusimaa (historical province).

On September 1, 1997 the Uusimaa Province, the Kymi Province and the southern parts of the Häme Province were joined to form the new Southern Finland Province.

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


The State Provincial Office was a joint regional authority of seven different ministries. It promoted national and regional objectives of the State central administration. The State Provincial Office of Southern Finland employed about 380 persons. Its service units were located in the cities of Hämeenlinna, Helsinki and Kouvola, Hämeenlinna being the capital of Southern Finland.


Southern Finland was divided into 6 regions:

Municipalities in 2009 (cities in bold)

Southern Finland was divided into 72 municipalities in 2009.

Former municipalities (disestablished before 2009)


  • Tuula Linnainmaa 1997-2003
  • Anneli Taina 2003-2009


The coat of arms of Southern Finland was composed of the arms of Tavastia, Karelia and Uusimaa.


External links

  • Southern Finland State Provincial Office - Official site

Coordinates: 60°30′N 26°00′E / 60.500°N 26.000°E / 60.500; 26.000

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