South Ostrobothnia

South Ostrobothnia
Etelä-Pohjanmaa   (Finnish)
Södra Österbotten   (Swedish)
Region of South Ostrobothnia
Etelä-Pohjanmaan maakunta
Landskapet Södra Österbotten
Flag of South Ostrobothnia
Coat of arms of South Ostrobothnia
South Ostrobothnia on a map of Finland
South Ostrobothnia on a map of Finland
Coordinates: 62°45′N 22°30′E / 62.750°N 22.500°E / 62.750; 22.500Coordinates: 62°45′N 22°30′E / 62.750°N 22.500°E / 62.750; 22.500
Country Finland
Historical province Ostrobothnia, Satakunta
Capital Seinäjoki
 • Total 13,999.63 km2 (5,405.29 sq mi)
 • Total 188,685
 • Density 13/km2 (35/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code FI-03
NUTS 194
Regional bird Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata)
Regional flower Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium)

South Ostrobothnia[1] (Finnish: Etelä-Pohjanmaa; Swedish: Södra Österbotten) is one of the 19 regions of Finland. It borders the regions of Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Central Finland, Pirkanmaa, and Satakunta. Among the Finnish regions, South Ostrobothnia is the ninth largest in terms of population.[2] Seinäjoki is the regional centre and by far the largest city in the area.

As a cultural area, South Ostrobothnia is larger than its current regional borders and includes the region of Ostrobothnia as well.[3]

Historical provinces


The region of South Ostrobothnia is made up of 17 municipalities, of which eight have city status (marked in bold).


Some people have made this region better known to the world. For example, The Dudesons and the traditional Finnish sweater Jussishirt are something people would remember when asked about South Ostrobothnia.

One of the biggest rock festivals in Finland, Provinssirock and world's oldest tango festival Tangomarkkinat are both held in Seinäjoki.[3]

Regional identity is generally stronger in South Ostrobothnia than in most regions of Finland.[4]


Results of the 2019 Finnish parliamentary election in South Ostrobothnia:


See also


South Ostrobothnian dialect


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  2. ^ [1] (in Finnish)
  3. ^ a b "Etelä-Pohjanmaata ja pohjalaisia | Elävä arkisto |". (in Finnish). Retrieved 2021-04-11.
  4. ^ "Studies on Finnish attitudes and identities | The Finnish Cultural Foundation". Retrieved 2021-04-11.

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