Southern Finland Province
Södra Finlands län
|Established||September 1, 1997|
|Abolished||January 1, 2010|
|• Governor||Anneli Taina|
|• Total||34,378 km2 (13,273 sq mi)|
(December 31, 2009)
|• Density||64/km2 (170/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||ES|
Southern Finland (Finnish: Etelä-Suomen lääni, Swedish: Södra Finlands län) 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.
All the provinces of Finland were abolished on January 1, 2010.
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 offices were located in the cities of Hämeenlinna, Helsinki, and Kouvola. The administrative seat was placed at Hämeenlinna.
Southern Finland was divided into six regions:
- South Karelia (Etelä-Karjala / Södra Karelen)
- Päijänne Tavastia (Päijät-Häme / Päijänne Tavastland)
- Tavastia Proper (Kanta-Häme / Egentliga Tavastland)
- Uusimaa (Uusimaa / Nyland)
- Eastern Uusimaa (Itä-Uusimaa / Östra Nyland)
- Kymenlaakso (Kymenlaakso / Kymmenedalen)
Municipalities in 2009 (cities in bold)
Southern Finland was divided into 72 municipalities in 2009.
Former municipalities (disestablished before 2009)
- "New regional administration model abolishes provinces in 2010". Helsingin Sanomat International Edition. Sanoma Corporation. 31 December 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-01-03. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
- Southern Finland State Provincial Office - Official site