Häme

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Häme (Swedish: Tavastland, Latin: Tavastia) is the name of a geographical region in Finland. It can refer to:

In historical contexts:

In contemporary contexts:

  • the Tavastian dialects, or Häme dialects (hämäläismurteet), of the Finnish language
  • the Tavastians, or Häme people (hämäläiset), a subgroup (heimo) of the Finnish people
  • Häme, an often vaguely defined area of Finland associated with the Tavastian dialects and Tavastian cultural features on one hand and with the above-mentioned historical province of Tavastia on the other; the most prominent parts of contemporary Häme are:
    • Tavastia Proper (Kanta-Häme) – a region of Finland
    • Päijänne Tavastia (Päijät-Häme) – a region of Finland
    • Pirkanmaa – a region of Finland (historically, most of this area belonged to Satakunta, but today it is strongly associated with Häme)
    • Central Finland – a region of Finland (historically, most of this area unambiguously belonged to Tavastia, or Häme, but today the association is weaker)
Related place names
  • Place names including the element Häme or its genitive form Hämeen:
    • Hämeenkatu, the main street of Tampere; streets bearing the same name can be found elsewhere in Finland as well
    • Hämeenkyrö, a municipality in Pirkanmaa
    • Hämeenlinna, the administrational centre of Tavastia Proper
      • Häme Castle (Hämeen linna), a medieval castle in Hämeenlinna
    • Hämeentie, the longest street in Helsinki; streets bearing the same name can be found elsewhere in Finland as well
  • the provinces of Finland into which the regions of the Häme Province were merged in 1997:
People