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Southwest Finland

Varsinais-Suomen maakunta
landskapet Egentliga Finland
Coat of arms of Southwest Finland
Coat of arms
Finland Proper on a map of Finland
Finland Proper on a map of Finland
Country Finland
Historical province Finland Proper
Capital Turku
 • Total 10,910.05 km2 (4,212.39 sq mi)
 • Total 470,880
 • Density 43.1602/km2 (111.7844/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
ISO 3166 code FI-19
NUTS 183
Regional animal Red fox
Regional bird Western jackdaw
Regional fish Baltic herring
Regional flower Oak
Regional lake Pyhäjärvi

Southwest Finland is a region in Finland. As of November 2013, there were about 471,000 people living there. Neighbouring regions are Kanta-Häme, Pirkanmaa, Satakunta, Uusimaa and the Åland Islands.


Southwest Finland's nature differs from other regions. The most notable biotopes are the Archipelago Sea and groves. 80% of Finland's insect species can be found in Southwest Finland. There are around 20,000 islands near the coast.

The southernmost point of Southwest Finland and the southernmost inhabited island is Utö. Highest point is 164 meters in Kiikala.

Aurajoki valley near Pähkinämäki
Aurajoki is one of the most notable rivers in Finland.


Varsinais-Suomi kunnat
Southwest Finland sub-regions, towns and municipalities

The region of Southwest Finland is made up of 27 municipalities, of which 11 have city status (marked in bold).

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