- Regions of Finland
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Finland consists of 19 regions called maakunta in Finnish and landskap in Swedish. The regions are governed by regional councils, which serve as forums of cooperation for the municipalities of a region. The main tasks of the regions are regional planning and development of enterprise and education. In addition, the public health services are usually organized on the basis of regions. Currently, the only region where a popular election is held for the council is Kainuu. Other regional councils are elected by municipal councils, each municipality sending representatives in proportion to its population.
In addition to inter-municipal cooperation, which is the responsibility of regional councils, each region has a state Employment and Economic Development Centre, which is responsible for the local administration of labour, agriculture, fisheries, forestry and entrepreneurial affairs. The Finnish Defence Forces regional offices are responsible for the regional defence preparations and for the administration of conscription within the region.
Regions represent dialectal, cultural and economic variations better than the former provinces, which were purely administrative divisions of the central government. Historically, regions are divisions of historical provinces of Finland, areas which represent dialects and culture more accurately.
Six regional state administrative agencies (Etelä-Suomi, Itä-Suomi, Lounais-Suomi, Länsi- ja Sisä-Suomi, Pohjois-Suomi, Lappi) were created by the state of Finland in 2010, each of them responsible for one of the regions called alue in Finnish and region in Swedish; in addition, Åland was designated a seventh region. These take over some of the tasks of the earlier Provinces of Finland (the läänis), which were abolished.
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Coat of Arms In English In Finnish In Swedish Capital Map Lapland Lappi Lappland Rovaniemi Northern Ostrobothnia Pohjois-Pohjanmaa Norra Österbotten Oulu Kainuu Kainuu Kajanaland Kajaani North Karelia Pohjois-Karjala Norra Karelen Joensuu Northern Savonia Pohjois-Savo Norra Savolax Kuopio Southern Savonia Etelä-Savo Södra Savolax Mikkeli Southern Ostrobothnia Etelä-Pohjanmaa Södra Österbotten Seinäjoki Central Ostrobothnia Keski-Pohjanmaa Mellersta Österbotten Kokkola Ostrobothnia Pohjanmaa Österbotten Vaasa Pirkanmaa Pirkanmaa Birkaland Tampere Satakunta Satakunta Satakunda Pori Central Finland Keski-Suomi Mellersta Finland Jyväskylä Finland Proper Varsinais-Suomi Egentliga Finland Turku South Karelia Etelä-Karjala Södra Karelen Lappeenranta Päijänne Tavastia Päijät-Häme Päijänne Tavastland Lahti Tavastia Proper Kanta-Häme Egentliga Tavastland Hämeenlinna Uusimaa Uusimaa Nyland Helsinki Kymenlaakso Kymenlaakso Kymmenedalen Kouvola Åland Islands Ahvenanmaa Åland Mariehamn
The region of Eastern Uusimaa was consolidated with Uusimaa on January 1, 2011.
- Regions of Eastern Finland
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- ^ The role that the regional councils serve on Mainland Finland are on the Åland Islands handled by the autonomous Government of Åland.
- ^ "Valtioneuvosto päätti Uudenmaan ja Itä-Uudenmaan maakuntien yhdistämisestä" (in Finnish). Ministry of Finance. October 22, 2009. http://www.valtioneuvosto.fi/ajankohtaista/tiedotteet/tiedote/fi.jsp?oid=274585. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
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