Regions of Finland

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maakunta  (Finnish)
landskap  (Swedish)
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Category Unitary state
Location Finland
Populations29,884 (Åland) — 1,689,725 (Uusimaa)
Areas1,553 km2 (Åland) — 92,674 km2 (Lapland)
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Finland is divided into 19 regions (Finnish : maakunta; Swedish : landskap). [lower-alpha 1]


The regions are governed by regional councils that serve as forums of cooperation for the municipalities of each region. The councils are composed of delegates from the municipal councils. The main tasks of regional councils are regional planning, development of enterprises, and education. Between 2004 and 2012 the regional council of Kainuu was elected via popular elections as part of an experimental regional administration. [2]

In 2022 new wellbeing services counties were established as part of a health care and social services reform. The wellbeing services counties follow the regional borders, and are governed by directly elected county councils. [3]


One region, Åland, has a special status and has a much higher degree of autonomy than the others, with its own Parliament and local laws, due to its unique history and the fact that the overwhelming majority of its people are Finland Swedes. The sole language of Åland is Swedish/Finland Swedish, unlike the rest of the country where Finnish and Swedish share official status. It has its own elected head of government who carries the title of Premier and heads the Lantråd, the regional executive. Most powers that would be exercised by the Government of Finland on the mainland are instead exercised by Åland-specific authorities which execute independent policy in most areas. The Åland islanders elect a single representative to the national legislature, while the Government of Finland appoints a Governor to represent the national government on Åland. Åland is a demilitarized zone and Åland islanders are exempt from conscription.

Representation of the state

In addition to inter-municipal cooperation, which is the responsibility of regional councils, there are 15 Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (Finnish: elinkeino-, liikenne- ja ympäristökeskus, abbreviated ely-keskus), which is responsible for the local administration of labour, agriculture, fisheries, forestry and entrepreneurial affairs. They are each responsible for one or more of regions of Finland, and include offices of the Ministries of Employment and the Economy, Transport and Communications and Environment. The Finnish Defence Forces regional offices are responsible for the regional defence preparations and for the administration of conscription within the region.

List of regions

Regions of Finland blank map.svg
Lapin maakunnan vaakuna.svg   Lapland
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan vaakuna.svg   North Ostrobothnia
Kainuu.vaakuna.svg  Kainuu
Pohjois-Karjala.vaakuna.svg  North Karelia
Pohjois-Savo.vaakuna.svg   North Savo
Etela-Savo.vaakuna.svg   South Savo
Etela-Pohjanmaan maakunnan vaakuna.svg   South Ostrobothnia
Pohjanmaan maakunnan vaakuna.svg   Ostrobothnia
Keski-Pohjanmaa.vaakuna.svg  Central Ostrobothnia
Keski-Suomi Coat of Arms.svg  Central Finland
Pirkanmaa.vaakuna.svg  Pirkanmaa
Satakunta.vaakuna.svg  Satakunta
Varsinais-Suomen.vaakuna.svg   Southwest Finland
Kanta-Hame.vaakuna.svg   Kanta-Häme
Paijat-Hame.vaakuna.svg   Päijät-Häme
Etela-Karjala.vaakuna.svg  South Karelia
Kymenlaakson maakunnan vaakuna.svg  Kymenlaakso
Uusimaa.vaakuna.svg  Uusimaa
Coat of arms of Aland.svg  Åland
FlagCoat of armsNameOfficial English name [4] Finnish nameSwedish nameCapitalArea (km2)Population
(31 Dec 2019) [5]
Lapin maakunnan vaakuna.svg Lapland LaplandLappiLappland Rovaniemi 92,674177,161
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan vaakuna.svg North Ostrobothnia North OstrobothniaPohjois-PohjanmaaNorra Österbotten Oulu 36,815412,830
Flag of Kainuu.svg Kainuu.vaakuna.svg Kainuu KainuuKainuuKajanaland Kajaani 20,19772,306
North karelia flag.svg Pohjois-Karjala.vaakuna.svg North Karelia North KareliaPohjois-KarjalaNorra Karelen Joensuu 17,761161,211
Flag of Northern Savonia.svg Pohjois-Savo.vaakuna.svg Northern Savonia North SavoPohjois-SavoNorra Savolax Kuopio 16,768244,236
Flag of South Savonia.svg Etela-Savo.vaakuna.svg Southern Savonia South SavoEtelä-SavoSödra Savolax Mikkeli 14,257142,335
Etela-Karjala.vaakuna.svg South Karelia South KareliaEtelä-KarjalaSödra Karelen Lappeenranta 5,327127,757
Keski-suomi lippu.svg Keski-Suomi Coat of Arms.svg Central Finland Central FinlandKeski-SuomiMellersta Finland Jyväskylä 16,703275,104
Flag of Southern Ostrobothnia.svg Etela-Pohjanmaan maakunnan vaakuna.svg South Ostrobothnia South OstrobothniaEtelä-PohjanmaaSödra Österbotten Seinäjoki 13,444188,685
Pohjanmaan maakunnan vaakuna.svg Ostrobothnia OstrobothniaPohjanmaaÖsterbotten Vaasa 7,753180,445
Keski-Pohjanmaa.lippu.svg Keski-Pohjanmaa.vaakuna.svg Central Ostrobothnia Central OstrobothniaKeski-PohjanmaaMellersta Österbotten Kokkola 5,02068,158
Pirkanmaa.vaakuna.svg Pirkanmaa PirkanmaaPirkanmaaBirkaland Tampere 12,585517,666
Satakunta-flag.svg Satakunta.vaakuna.svg Satakunta SatakuntaSatakuntaSatakunta Pori 7,820216,752
Paijat-Hame.lippu.svg Paijat-Hame.vaakuna.svg Päijänne Tavastia Päijät-HämePäijät-HämePäijänne-Tavastland Lahti 5,125199,604
Flag of Tavastia Proper.svg Kanta-Hame.vaakuna.svg Kanta-Häme (Tavastia Proper)Kanta-Häme (Tavastia Proper)Kanta-HämeEgentliga Tavastland Hämeenlinna 5,199170,925
Kymenlaakson maakunnan vaakuna.svg Kymenlaakso KymenlaaksoKymenlaaksoKymmenedalen Kotka, Kouvola 5,149171,167
Flag of Uusimaa.svg Uusimaa.vaakuna.svg Uusimaa UusimaaUusimaaNyland Helsinki 9,0971,689,725
Varsinais-Suomen.vaakuna.svg Southwest Finland Southwest FinlandVarsinais-SuomiEgentliga Finland Turku 10,663479,341
Flag of Aland.svg Coat of arms of Aland.svg Åland [6] ÅlandAhvenanmaaÅland Mariehamn 1,55329,884

Former regional borders

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NumberCoat of ArmsNameOfficial English name [7] Finnish nameSwedish nameCapitalDissolution (date)
20 Ita-Uusimaa.vaakuna.svg Eastern Uusimaa Itä-UusimaaItä-Uusimaa [8] Östra Nyland Porvoo January 1, 2011

See also


  1. Northern Sami: eanangoddi, Inari Sami: eennâmkodde, and Skolt Sami: mäddkåʹdd. [1]

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