Finland is divided into 19 regions (Finnish: maakunta; Swedish: landskap)[a] which are governed by regional councils that serve as forums of cooperation for the municipalities of each region. The councils are composed of delegates from the municipal councils. The main tasks of regional councils are regional planning, the development of enterprises, and education. Between 2004 and 2012, the regional council of Kainuu was elected via popular elections as part of an experimental regional administration.[2]

Regions
maakunta (Finnish)
landskap (Swedish)
CategoryUnitary state
LocationFinland
Number19
Populations30,344 (Åland) — 1,714,741 (Uusimaa)
Areas1,553 km2 (Åland) — 92,674 km2 (Lapland)
Government
  • Regional council
Subdivisions

In 2022, new Wellbeing services counties were established as part of a health care and social services reform. The wellbeing services counties follow the regional borders, and are governed by directly elected county councils.[3]

Åland edit

One region, Åland, has a special status and has a much higher degree of autonomy than the others, with its own Parliament and local laws, due to its unique history and the fact that the overwhelming majority of its people are Finland Swedes. The sole language of Åland is Swedish/Finland Swedish, unlike the rest of the country where Finnish and Swedish share official status. It has its own elected head of government who carries the title of Premier and heads the Lantråd, the regional executive. Most powers that would be exercised by the Government of Finland on the mainland are instead exercised by Åland-specific authorities which execute independent policy in most areas. The Åland islanders elect a single representative to the national legislature, while the Government of Finland appoints a Governor to represent the national government on Åland. Åland is a demilitarized zone and Åland islanders are exempt from conscription.

Representation of the state edit

In addition to inter-municipal cooperation, which is the responsibility of regional councils, there are 15 Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (Finnish: elinkeino-, liikenne- ja ympäristökeskus, abbreviated ely-keskus), which are responsible for the local administration of labour, agriculture, fisheries, forestry and entrepreneurial affairs. They are each responsible for one or more of regions of Finland, and include offices of the Ministries of Employment and the Economy, Transport and Communications and Environment. The Finnish Defence Forces regional offices are responsible for the regional defence preparations and for the administration of conscription within the region.

List of regions edit

Flag Coat of arms English name[4] Finnish name Swedish name ISO Capital Area
(km2)
Population
(2021)[5]
  Lapland Lappi Lappland FI-10 Rovaniemi 92,674 176,494
  North Ostrobothnia Pohjois-Pohjanmaa Norra Österbotten FI-14 Oulu 36,815 415,603
    Kainuu Kainuu Kajanaland FI-05 Kajaani 20,197 71,255
    North Karelia Pohjois-Karjala Norra Karelen FI-13 Joensuu 17,761 163,281
    North Savo Pohjois-Savo Norra Savolax FI-15 Kuopio 16,768 248,363
    South Savo Etelä-Savo Södra Savolax FI-04 Mikkeli 14,257 131,688
  South Karelia Etelä-Karjala Södra Karelen FI-02 Lappeenranta 5,327 126,107
    Central Finland Keski-Suomi Mellersta Finland FI-08 Jyväskylä 16,703 272,683
    South Ostrobothnia Etelä-Pohjanmaa Södra Österbotten FI-03 Seinäjoki 13,444 191,762
  Ostrobothnia Pohjanmaa Österbotten FI-12 Vaasa 7,753 176,041
    Central Ostrobothnia Keski-Pohjanmaa Mellersta Österbotten FI-07 Kokkola 5,020 67,915
  Pirkanmaa Pirkanmaa Birkaland FI-11 Tampere 12,585 527,478
    Satakunta Satakunta Satakunta FI-17 Pori 7,820 214,281
    Päijät-Häme Päijät-Häme Päijänne-Tavastland FI-16 Lahti 5,125 205,124
    Kanta-Häme Kanta-Häme Egentliga Tavastland FI-06 Hämeenlinna 5,199 170,213
  Kymenlaakso Kymenlaakso Kymmenedalen FI-09 Kotka and Kouvola[b] 5,149 161,391
    Uusimaa Uusimaa Nyland FI-18 Helsinki 9,097 1,714,741
  Southwest Finland Varsinais-Suomi Egentliga Finland FI-19 Turku 10,663 483,477
    Åland Ahvenanmaa Åland AX and
FI-01
Mariehamn 1,553 30,344

Former region edit

 
Regions of Finland in 2000.
Coat of arms Name Official English name[6] Finnish name Swedish name Capital Dissolution (date)
  Eastern Uusimaa Itä-Uusimaa Itä-Uusimaa[7] Östra Nyland Porvoo 1 January 2011

Regional border changes edit

Border changes between the regions:[8]

1997 edit

  • Kiikoinen transferred from Pirkanmaa to Satakunta.

2001 edit

  • Kuorevesi transferred from Pirkanmaa to Central Finland by merging with Jämsä.

2002 edit

2005 edit

2007 edit

2010 edit

2013 edit

  • Kiikoinen transferred from Satakunta to Pirkanmaa by merging with Sastamala.
  • Suomenniemi transferred from South Karelia to South Savo by merging with Mikkeli.

2016 edit

  • Vaala transferred from Kainuu to North Ostrobothnia.

2021 edit

  • Heinävesi transferred from South Savo to North Karelia.
  • Iitti transferred from Kymenlaakso to Päijät-Häme.
  • Isokyrö transferred from Ostrobothnia to South Ostrobothnia.
  • Joroinen transferred from South Savo to North Savo.
  • Kuhmoinen transferred from Central Finland to Pirkanmaa.

See also edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ Northern Sami: eanangoddi, Inari Sami: eennâmkodde, and Skolt Sami: mäddkåʹdd.[1]
  2. ^ Kymenlaakso is the only region with two capitals, of which Kotka is the official regional centre and Kouvola is the administrative one.

References edit

  1. ^ "Sátnegirjjit, Dictionaries of Finnish, Swedish, the Sami Languages, English and Russian". dicts.uit.no. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Historiallinen maakuntahallinto opetti valtiota". Yle uutiset. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Health and social services reform". Finnish Government. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Suomen hallintorakenteeseen ja maakuntauudistukseen liittyviä termejä sekä maakuntien ja kuntien nimet fi-sv-en-(ru)" (PDF). vnk.fi. p. 8–9. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Municipal key figures / With the 2021 regional division / Municipal key figures". Statistics Finland. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
  6. ^ "Regions of Finland 2010". Statistics Finland. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Valtioneuvosto päätti Uudenmaan ja Itä-Uudenmaan maakuntien yhdistämisestä" (in Finnish). Ministry of Finance. October 22, 2009. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  8. ^ "Statistics Finland". www2.stat.fi. Retrieved 2022-07-04.

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