Central Finland

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Central Finland

Keski-Suomi  (Finnish)
Mellersta Finland  (Swedish)
Region of Central Finland
Keski-Suomen maakunta
Landskapet Mellersta Finland
Keski-suomi lippu.svg
Keski-Suomi Coat of Arms.svg
Coat of arms
Keski-Suomi sijainti Suomi.svg
Central Finland on a map of Finland
Coordinates: 62°30′N025°30′E / 62.500°N 25.500°E / 62.500; 25.500 Coordinates: 62°30′N025°30′E / 62.500°N 25.500°E / 62.500; 25.500
Country Finland
Historical province Tavastia, Satakunta
Capital Jyväskylä
  Total19,950.38 km2 (7,702.88 sq mi)
  Density14/km2 (36/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
ISO 3166 code FI-08
NUTS 193
Regional bird Capercaillie
Regional flower Oxeye daisy
Website keskisuomi.fi

Central Finland (Finnish : Keski-Suomi; Swedish : Mellersta Finland) is a region (maakunta / landskap) in Finland. It borders the regions of Päijät-Häme, Pirkanmaa, South Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, North Ostrobothnia, North Savo, and South Savo.


Jyväskylä is the regional centre and by far the largest city in the area.

Historical provinces

For history, geography and culture see: Tavastia, Savonia, Ostrobothnia


The region of Central Finland is made up of 22 municipalities, of which six have city status (marked in bold).

Total: - 272,300 (2012 population)


Results of the 2019 Finnish parliamentary election in Central Finland:

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