WorldStatesmen.org Home
return to Finland > to Finland provinces to 2009 >>











Regions of Finland (from 2010)
Regions: Etelä-Karjala/Södra KarelenEtelä-Pohjanmaa/Södra Österbotten - Etelä-Savo/Södra Savolax - Helsinki-Uusimaa - Kainuu/Kajanaland - Kanta-Häme/Egentliga TavastlandKeski-Pohjanmaa/Mellersta ÖsterbottenKeski Suomi/Mellersta Finland - Kymenlaakso/KymmenedalenLappi/Lappland - Pirkanmaa/BirkalandPohjanmaa/ÖsterbottenPohjois-Karjala/Norra KarelenPohjois-Pohjanmaa/Norra ÖsterbottenPohjois-Savo/Norra Savolax - Päijät-Häme/Päijänne Tavastland - Satakunta/SatakundaUusimaa/NylandVarsinais-Suomi/Egentliga Finland - Former Region: Itä-Uusimaa/Östra Nyland -

Note: The 6 provinces of Finland were abolished on 1 Jan 2010, they were replaced by the 19 (later 18) regions (maakunta/landskap), including the Ahvenanmaa/Åland autonomous region, which had already been established in 1994 as economic regions (taloudelliset maakunnat). The regions are governed by regional councils, which serve as forums of cooperation for the municipalities of a region. The head of a region is the director of the regional council (maakuntajohtaja/landskapsförbund), which is sometimes translated as executive director. Names of regions are given in both official languages (Finnish/Swedish). 
Ahvenanmaa/Åland: see Aland Islands under Finland

 
Etelä-Karjala/Södra Karelen (South Karelia)
 
 [Etelä-Karjala/Södra Karelen region (Finland)]

Directors of the Regional Council
 1 Jan 2010 -  1 Dec 2013  Timo Santeri Puttonen              (b. 1950)
 1 Dec 2013 -              Matti Tapani Viialainen            (b. 1953)

 
Etelä-Pohjanmaa/Södra Österbotten (Southern Ostrobothnia)
 
[Etelä-Pohjanmaa/Södra Österbotten region (Finland)]

Director of the Regional Council
2006 -                     Asko Antero Peltola                (b. 1957)



Etelä-Savo/Södra Savolax (Southern Savonia)

[Etelä-Savo/Södra Savolax region (Finland)]

Directors of the Regional Council
2007 -  1 Dec 2013         Matti Tapani Viialainen            (b. 1953)
 1 Dec 2013 - 2014         Riitta Koskinen (f) (acting)
2014 -                     Pentti Mäkinen                     (b. 1956)


Itä-Uusimaa/Östra Nyland (
Eastern Uusimaa)

[Itä-Uusimaa/Östra
                Nyland region (Finland)]

 1 Jan 2011                Merged into Uusimaa/Nyland.

Director of the Regional Council
2003 - 31 Dec 2010         Jaakko Antii Mikkola               (b. 1961)



Kainuu/Kajanaland
 
[Kainuu/Kajanaland region
                  (Finland)]

Directors of the Regional Council
 1 Aug 2008 - 2013         Alpo Jokelainen
25 Mar 2013 -              Pentti Malinen                     (b. 1956)


 
Kanta-Häme/Egentliga Tavastland (Tavastia Proper)
 
[Flag of Kanta-Häme/Egentliga
              Tavastland region (Finland)]

Directors of the Regional Council
2004 - 31 Jan 2013         Juhani Honka
 1 Feb 2013 -  1 Sep 2016  Timo Reina
 1 Sep 2016 -              Anna-Mari Ahonen



Keski-Pohjanmaa/Mellersta Österbotten (Central Ostrobothnia)

 
[Keski-Pohjanmaa/Mellersta Österbotten region
              (Finland)]

Directors of the Regional Council
1994 - 11 Aug 2011         Altti Seikkula                     (b. 1948 - d. 2011)
26 Oct 2011 -              Jukka Ylikarjula



Keski-Suomi/Mellersta Finland (Central Finland)
 
[Keski-Suomi/Mellersta Finland
              region (Finland)]

Director of the Regional Council
2002 -                     Anita Mikkonen (f)



Kymenlaakso/Kymmenedalen
 
[Kymenlaakso/Kymmenedalen
              region (Finland)]

Directors of the Regional Council
 1 Jan 2010 -  1 Feb 2012  Tapio Välinoro                     (b. 1949)
 1 Feb 2012 - 2016         Juha Haapaniemi
2016 -                     Jaakko Antti Mikkola               (b. 1961)



Lappi/Lappland (Lapland)

[Flag of Lappi/Lapland region
                (Finland)]

Directors of the Regional Council
 1 Jan 2010 - 26 Nov 2012  Esko Juhani Lotvonen               (b. 1952)
26 Nov 2012 -              Mika Riipi                         (b. 1975)



Pirkanmaa/Birkaland
 
[Pirkanmaa/Birkaland region (Finland)]

Directors of the R
egional Council
 1 Jan 2010 - Oct 2010     Jussi Veli Johannes Niemi
Oct 2010 -                 Esa Jukka Halme
                    (b. 1958)

 
Pohjanmaa/Österbotten (Ostrobothnia)
 
[Pohjanmaa/Österbotten region (Finland)]

Directors of the Regional Council
2008 -  1 May 2017         Olav Jernille
 1 May 2017 -              Kaj Suomela



Pohjois-Karjala/Norra Karelen (Northern Karelia)

 
[Pohjois-Karjala/Norra Karelen
              region (Finland)]

Directors of the Regional Council
2001 - 2015                Pentti Juhani Hyttinen             (b. 1962)
2015 - 2016                Eira Varis (f)(acting)
 1 Jan 2016 -              Risto Poutiainen                   (b. 1958)



Pohjois-Pohjanmaa/Norra Österbotten (Northern Ostrobothnia)

[Flag of Pohjois-Pohjanmaa/Norra
              Österbotten region (Finland)]

Director of the Regional Council
 1 Apr 2008 -              Pauli Kalervo Harju                (b. 1960)



Pohjois-Savo/Norra Savolax (Northern Savonia)
 
[Flag of Pohjois-Savo/Norra Savolax
              region (Finland)]

Directors of the Regional Council
Feb 2005 - Sep 2016        Jussi H
uttunen                     (b. 1941)
Sep 2016 -                 Marko Korhonen



Päijät-Häme/Päijänne Tavastland (Päijänne Tavastia)
 
[flag of Päijät-Häme
                region (Finland)]

Directors of the Regional Council
 1 Jan 2010 - 2010         Esa Halme
                         (b. 1958)
2010                       Tuula Loikkanen (f)(acting)
2010 - 28 Aug 2018         Jari Parkkonen                     (b. 1975?)
2018 -                     Laura Leppänen (f)
                             (acting to 9 Jan 2019)



Satakunta/Satakunda


[Satakunta/Satakunda region (Finland)]
Adopted 1991


Directors of the R
egional Council
 1 Apr 2007 - 
1 Mar 2017  Pertti Rajala                      (b. 1954)
 1 Mar 2017 -              Asko Aro-Heinilä


 
Uusimaa/Nyland

[Flag of Uusimaa/Nyland region
              (Finland)]

Director of the Regional Council
2008 -                     Ossi Savolainen                    (b. 1956)



Varsinais-Suomi/Egentliga Finland (Finland Proper)
 
[Varsinais-Suomi/Egentliga Finland
              region (Finland)]

Directors of the Regional Council
1998 - 2015                Juho Savo                          (b. 1949)
Feb 2015 -                 Kari Pekka Häkämies                (b. 1956)







© Ben Cahoon