South Karelia

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South Karelia
Etelä-Karjalan maakunta
Södra Karelens landskap
Coat of arms of South Karelia
Coat of arms
South Karelia on a map of Finland
South Karelia on a map of Finland
Coordinates: 61°N 28°E / 61°N 28°E / 61; 28Coordinates: 61°N 28°E / 61°N 28°E / 61; 28
Country Finland
Historical province Karelia
 • Total 6,873 km2 (2,654 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 132,252
 • Density 19/km2 (50/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code FI-02
Regional bird Thrush nightingale
Regional fish Lake salmon
Regional flower Spring pasque flower
Website Etelä-Karjala

South Karelia (Finnish: Etelä-Karjala; Swedish: Södra Karelen) is a region of Finland. It borders the regions of Kymenlaakso, Southern Savonia and North Karelia, as well as Russia.

Historical province[edit]

For History, Geography and Culture see: Karelia

Regional Council[edit]

The Regional Council of South Karelia is a joint municipal authority of 9 member municipalities. The Council operates as the authority for regional development and unit for regional planning. The Council has also a task to look after regional interests and to promote economic development and cultural well-being in South Karelia. The Council has a statutory responsibility for regional development and planning.

EU’s regional Objective Programmes for South Karelia have partly been prepared in the Council as it also implements and coordinates various projects. The Council also represents in several international organisations such as AEBR.[1]


South Karelia is divided into nine municipalities. Two of these are cities.


South Karelia is a popular tourist area in Finland with its special features – its nature, its location between Lake Saimaa and the border as well as its cultural heritage and history as a border region.

Thanks to the natural attractions, waterways and islands, tourism has natural prerequisites for developing in South Karelia. The provincial centres are continuously improving their services. Lappeenranta has in recent years focused particularly on tourism services for families, and Imatra on fishing and spa tourism. There is a good selection of agritourism attractions and tourism services available around the region.[2]


The coat of arms of South Karelia is composed of the arms of Karelia.


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