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Finland Proper or Southwest Finland ( , ), is a region in south-western Finlandmarker now designated the Province of Western Finland. It borders the regions of Satakuntamarker, Tavastia Proper and Uusimaamarker.

Historical Provinces

For History, Geography and Culture see: Finland Proper

Regional Council


The region of Finland Proper is made up of 28 municipalities, of which 11 are cities.


Other municipalities


The region uses the coat of arms of the historical province of Finland Proper.


  1. The regional council of the region uses the name "Southwest Finland". Despite this, the Language Planning Department of Finland recommends the name "Finland Proper" as suggested in the statement by the Interior Ministry of Finland in 1988.

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