Southern Finland (Province)
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|Inland waters:||4,205 km²|
|Population density:||72.6 inhabitants per km²|
The province of Southern Finland ( Finnish. Etelä-Suomen lääni , Swedish Södra Finlands län ) was a province ( lääni ) of Finland from 1997 to 2009 . It included the landscapes of Uusimaa , Ostuusimaa , Kanta-Häme , Päijät-Häme , Kymenlaakso and South Karelia . The area was 34,388 square kilometers, the population was around 2.2 million (2009). The administrative seat was the city of Hämeenlinna .
The province of southern Finland was created in the administrative reform of 1997 from the previous provinces of Uusimaa , Kymi , the south of the province of Häme and some municipalities from the province of Mikkeli . At the beginning of 2010 the provinces were abolished. State administration of the area is now carried out by the Regional Administrative Authority ( aluehallintovirasto ) of Southern Finland.
The province of Southern Finland had a share in the historical landscapes of Uusimaa, Häme and Karelia . The coat of arms of the former province of southern Finland is also composed of their historical coats of arms.
coat of arms
The coat of arms is divided into red and blue. Above is a running golden lynx with a golden tongue and black ear tips, above which three silver six-pointed stars float and below it are four (1; 3) silver roses and next to these two floating silver right arms , on the right with golden joint protection a silver sword with gold handle and on the left a gold handle scimitar swinging. Above it is a floating golden crown. In the lower field a golden rowing boat with a tiller between two silver wave bars . A golden crown rests on the coat of arms . The coat of arms is composed of the coats of arms of the three historical regions in which the province of southern Finland participated: Häme , Karelia and Uusimaa .
- Maanmittauslaitos ( memento of February 25, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) (Finnish land surveying office): Pinta-alat kunnittain January 1, 2009.
- Tilastokeskus (Finnish Statistics Office): Väkiluku alueittain sekä väestömäärän muutos December 31, 2008.