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Western Finland Province

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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.

Western Finland

Länsi-Suomen lääni

Västra Finlands län
Coat of arms of Western Finland
Coat of arms
Location of Western Finland
CountryFinland
EstablishedSeptember 1, 1997
AbolishedJanuary 1, 2010
CapitalTurku
Government
 • GovernorRauno Saari
Area
 • Total74,185 km2 (28,643 sq mi)
Population
 (December 31, 2009)
 • Total1,889,542
 • Density25/km2 (66/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
ISO 3166 codeLS
NUTS code19

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HistoryEdit

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.[1]

AdministrationEdit

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.

RegionsEdit

Western Finland was divided into seven regions:

Municipalities in 2009 (cities in bold)Edit

Former municipalities (disestablished before 2009)Edit

GovernorsEdit

HeraldryEdit

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

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "New regional administration model abolishes provinces in 2010". Helsingin Sanomat International Edition. Sanoma Corporation. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2010.

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