Southern Finland Province

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Southern Finland Province
Etelä-Suomen lääni
Södra Finlands län
Coat of arms of Southern Finland Province
Coat of arms
Location of Southern Finland Province
Country Finland
Established September 1, 1997
Abolished January 1, 2010
Capital Hämeenlinna
 • Governor Anneli Taina
 • Total 34,378 km2 (13,273 sq mi)
Population (December 31, 2009)
 • Total 2,209,677
 • Density 64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
ISO 3166 code ES
NUTS code 18

Southern Finland 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.


On September 1, 1997 the Uusimaa Province, the Kymi Province and the southern parts of the Häme Province were joined to form the new Southern Finland Province.

All the provinces of Finland were abolished on January 1, 2010.[1]


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:

Municipalities in 2009 (cities in bold)

Southern Finland was divided into 72 municipalities in 2009.

Former municipalities (disestablished before 2009)



The coat of arms of Southern Finland was composed of the arms of Tavastia, Karelia and Uusimaa.


  1. "New regional administration model abolishes provinces in 2010". Helsingin Sanomat International Edition. Sanoma Corporation. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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