Vaasa Province

The Province of Vaasa (Finnish: Vaasan lääni [ˈʋɑːsɑn ˈlæːni]; Swedish: Vasa län, Finland Swedish: [ˈvɑːsɑ ˈleːn], Sweden Swedish: [ˈvɑ̂ːsa ˈlɛːn]) was a province of Finland, established in 1775 when Finland was an integrated part of Sweden from the southern part of Ostrobothnia County and disbanded in 1996. The province was named after the city of Vaasa.

Province of Vaasa
Vaasan lääni
Vasa län
County of Sweden 1775–1809
Province of Grand Duchy of Finland 1809–1917
Province of independent Finland 1917–1997
Coat of arms of Vaasa
Coat of arms
• 1.1.1993
27,319 km2 (10,548 sq mi)
• 1.1.1993
• Established
• Disestablished
Preceded by
Succeeded by
County of Ostrobothnia
Province of Central Finland
Western Finland

On the death of Tsar Nicholas I in 1855, a small group of citizens in the city of Vaasa tendered a petition to change the name of the city after him. The name of the city came from the Royal House of Vasa and despite that only 15 citizens were backing the proposal the name of the city was changed to Nikolaistad (Russian: Николайстада, Finnish: Nikolainkaupunki).

In 1960 the eastern part was separated as the Province of Central Finland. In 1997 it was reunited with Central Finland, together they merged with the northern part of the Province of Häme and the Province of Turku and Pori to establish the new Province of Western Finland.

The former province corresponds to the current regions of Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia and Southern Ostrobothnia.


Municipalities in 1997 (cities in bold)Edit

Former municipalities (disestablished before 1997)Edit


Coordinates: 63°06′00″N 21°37′00″E / 63.1000°N 21.6167°E / 63.1000; 21.6167