Historic landscapes of Finland
Until 1634, the landscapes represented administrative units of the Kingdom of Sweden. Since Finland had no statehood at that time, the designation "historical provinces of Finland" is misleading.
After the administrative reform carried out in 1634 and the reorganization of the empire in län , the landscapes no longer had a political function, but in Finland they are of great importance for regional identity.
The official Swedish term - Finnish was at no time the official language during Swedish rule - for the provinces that existed until 1634, landskap , mostly translated into German as "landscape". In Finnish, the term maakunta (plural maakunnat ) is common. The historically occupied terms maakunta / landskap were revived during the Finnish administrative reform of 1997 and today also refer to the regional administrative units subordinate to the Lääni .
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