Western Finland


Western Finland

The Province of Western Finland is a province of Finland. It borders the provinces of Oulu, Eastern Finland and Southern Finland. It also borders the Gulf of Bothnia towards Åland.

Infobox_Lääni
name=Western Finland
name_fin=Länsi-Suomen lääni
name_swe=Västra Finlands län
isocode=LS|nutscode=19|capital=Turku|governor=Rauno Saari
historical=Finland Proper
Satakunda
Ostrobothnia
regions=Finland Proper
Central Finland
Pirkanmaa
Satakunta
Central Ostrobothnia
Ostrobothnia
Southern Ostrobothnia
arearank=2nd|area=74,185|areapercent=Not ranked|population_as_of=2002
populationrank=2nd|population=1,839,581
populationpercent=|populationdensity=24,8




Former provinces

"For History, Geography and Culture see: Finland Proper, Satakunta and Ostrobothnia"

On January 1, 1998 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 new Province of Western Finland.

Administration

"Main article: Western Finland State Provincial Office"

The Western Finland State Provincial Office is a joint regional administrative authority of seven ministries. The State Provincial Office serves at five localities; the main office is in Turku, regional service offices are located in Jyväskylä, Tampere and Vaasa, and finally there is an office in Pori. The State Provincial Office is led by Governor Rauno Saari. Approximately 350 persons work at the State Provincial Office. The agency is divided into eight departments.

Regions

"Main article: Regions of Western Finland"

Western Finland is divided into seven regions:
*Southern Ostrobothnia ("Etelä-Pohjanmaa" / "Sydösterbotten")
*Ostrobothnia ("Österbotten" / "Pohjanmaa")
*Pirkanmaa ("Pirkanmaa" / "Birkaland")
*Satakunta ("Satakunta" / "Satakunda")
*Central Ostrobothnia ("Keski-Pohjanmaa" / "Mellersta Österbotten")
*Central Finland ("Keski-Suomi" / "Mellersta Finland")
*Finland Proper ("Varsinais-Suomi" / "Egentliga Finland")

The regions in Western Finland are divided into 204 municipalities.

Heraldry

"Main article: Heraldry of Western Finland"

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

External links

* [http://www.laaninhallitus.fi/lansi Western Finland State Provincial Office] - Official site


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