Turku and Pori Province

Turku and Pori Province (Finnish: Turun ja Porin lääni, Swedish: Åbo och Björneborgs län) was a province of independent Finland from 1917 to 1997. The province was however founded as a county in 1634 when today's Finland was an integrated part of Sweden. It is named after the cities of Turku (Swedish: Åbo) and Pori (Swedish: Björneborg).

Turku and Pori Province
Turun ja Porin lääni
Åbo och Björneborgs län
County of Sweden 1634–1809
Province of Grand Duchy of Finland 1809–1917
Province of independent Finland 1917–1997
1634–1997
Coat of arms
CapitalTurku
Area 
 1 January 1993
20,721 km2 (8,000 sq mi)
Population 
 1 January 1993
731786
History 
 Established
1634
 Disestablished
1997
Succeeded by
Åland Islands
Western Finland

The Åland Islands were split into a separate province in 1918. In 1997 Turku and Pori Province was merged with the northern part of the Häme Province, the provinces of Vaasa and Central Finland into the new Western Finland Province.

Maps

Municipalities in 1997 (cities in bold)

Former municipalities (disestablished before 1997)

Governors

  • Bror Rålamb 1634–1637
  • Melkior von Falkenberg 1637–1641
  • Melkior von Falkenberg 1641–1642 (County of Åbo)
  • Knut Lillienhöök 1642–1646 (County of Åbo)
  • No governor 1641–1646 (County of Björneborg)
  • Knut Lillienhöök 1647–1648
  • Lorentz Creutz (elder) 1649–1655
  • Erik von der Linde 1655–1666
  • Ernst Johan Creutz (elder) 1666
  • Harald Oxe 1666–1682
  • Lorenz Creutz (younger) 1682–1698
  • Jakob Bure 1698–1706
  • Justus von Palmberg 1706–1714
  • Johan Stiernstedt 1711–1713 (acting) and 1714–1722
  • Otto Reinhold Yxkull 1722–1746
  • Lars Johan Ehrenmalm 1744–1747 (acting) and 1747–1749
  • Johan Georg Lillienberg 1749–1757
  • Jeremias Wallén 1757–1768
  • Kristoffer Johan Rappe 1769–1776
  • Fredrik Ulrik von Rosen 1776–1781
  • Nils Fredenskiöld 1780 (acting)
  • Magnus Wilhelm Armfelt 1782–1790
  • Joakim von Glan 1790–1791 (acting)
  • Ernst Gustaf von Willebrand 1790–1806
  • Olof Wibelius 1801–1802 (acting)
  • Knut von Troil 1806–1816
  • Otto Herman Lode 1811–1813 (acting)
  • Carl Erik Mannerheim 1816–1826
  • Lars Gabriel von Haartman 1820–1822 (acting)
  • Eric Wallenius 1822–1826 (acting) and 1826–1828
  • Adolf Broberg 1828–1831
  • Lars Gabriel von Haartman 1831–1842
  • Gabriel Anton Cronstedt 1840–1842 (acting) and 1842–1856
  • Samuel Werner von Troil 1856 (acting)
  • Carl Fabian Langenskiöld 1856–1858
  • Selim Mohamed Ekbom 1857–1858 (acting)
  • Johan Axel Cedercreutz 1858–1863 (acting) and 1863
  • Carl Magnus Creutz 1864–1866 (acting) and 1866–1889
  • Axel Gustaf Samuel von Troil 1889–1891
  • Wilhelm Theodor von Kraemer 1891–1903
  • Theodor Hjalmar Lang 1903–1905
  • Knut Gustaf Nikolai Borgenström 1905–1911
  • Eliel Ilmari Wuorinen 1911–1917
  • Albert Alexander von Hellens 1917 (acting)
  • Kaarlo Collan 1917–1922
  • Ilmari Helenius 1922–1932
  • Wilho Kyttä 1932–1949
  • Erkki Härmä 1949–1957
  • Esko Kulovaara 1957–1971
  • Sylvi Siltanen 1972–1977
  • Paavo Aitio 1977–1985
  • Pirkko Työläjärvi 1985–1997

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