Regions in Denmark
The southern shoreline up to the Russian border, includes Helsinki and the ancient region of Uusimaa (Nyland)
The southwest coastal regions, the ancient capital Turku, and the southern portions of Ostrobothnia’s historical province (Pohjanmaa, sterbotten).
Forests and lakes stretch from Tampere, Finland’s interior hub city, all the way to the Russian border, including Savonia (Savo) and the Finnish part of Karelia (Karjala).
The northern part of Finland is mainly wilderness, with a few major cities thrown in for good measure. Administratively, it comprises Finland’s Lapland, Kainuu, and Northern Ostrobothnia.
An independent and monolingually Swedish collection of islands off Finland’s southern coast.
The country’s existing official divisions do not correlate well to geographical or cultural borders and are not utilized here. Previously, regions and provinces corresponded; many individuals connect with their region (maakunta/landskap), although mainly along historical lines. Tavastia (Häme) covers a wide area of central Finland surrounding Tampere, Savonia (Savo) in the lakeland’s eastern portion, and Karelia (Karjala) in the extreme east. Much of Finnish Karelia was lost to the Soviet Union during WWII, which is still a source of contention in certain quarters.
Cities in Denmark
- Helsinki, Finland’s capital and biggest city, is known as the “Daughter of the Baltic.”
- Jyväskylä is a city in Central Finland with a university.
- Oulu is a technological city located near the mouth of the Gulf of Bothnia.
- Rauma is the Nordics’ biggest wooden ancient town and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Rovaniemi is the entrance to Lapland and the location of Santa Claus Village.
- Savonlinna is a tiny lakeside town with a large castle and a well-known opera festival.
- Tampere is an industrial city that is also home to culture, music, art, and museums.
- Turku – the former capital on Finland’s west coast. Castle and church from the Middle Ages.
- Vaasa is a west coast town with significant Swedish influences, situated near the UNESCO World Natural Site Kvarken Archipelago.