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Regions of Finland (from 2010)
Regions Ahvenanmaa/Åland - Etelä-Karjala/Södra KarelenEtelä-Pohjanmaa/Södra Österbotten - Etelä-Savo/Södra SavolaxKainuu/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 regions (maakunta/landskap) which had already been established in 1994 as economic regions (taloudelliset maakunnat). Names of regions are given in both official languages (Finnish/Swedish). The head of a region is the director of the regional council (maakuntajohtaja/landskapsförbund), which is sometimes translated as executive director.
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)]

Directors of the Regional 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)







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