landskapet Egentliga Tavastland
Kanta-Häme on a map of Finland
|• Total||5,706.39 km2 (2,203.25 sq mi)|
|• Density||30/km2 (78/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||FI-06|
|Regional bird||Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)|
|Regional fish||Carp bream (Abramis brama)|
|Regional flower||Pasqueflower (Pulsatilla patens)|
Kanta-Häme, sometimes referred to as Tavastia Proper (obsolete name) (Finnish: Kanta-Häme; Swedish: Egentliga Tavastland) is a region (maakunta / landskap) of Finland. The region is also sometimes called the Häme region. It borders the regions of Southwest Finland, Pirkanmaa, Päijät-Häme, and Uusimaa.
The region of Kanta-Häme has been inhabited since the Stone Age. The first written mention of the historical Tavastia province is found in the Chronicle Of Novgorod, in reference to a military campaign launched by Prince Vladimir in 1042. The region had been ruled by the Swedes since the late 13th century, when Birger Jarl led the Second Crusade against the inhabitants of historical Tavastia province. In the 14th century, Häme became a fiefdom, whose administrative seat was Häme Castle. When Finland was taken from Sweden by the Russians in 1809, Tavastia proper also became part of the Russian Empire. Russian rule ended in 1917.
For more history, geography and culture see: Tavastia (historical province)
The region of Tavastia Proper is made up of 11 municipalities, of which three have city status (marked in bold).
Kanta-Häme region is well known for the preserved tradition of brewing sahti.
Results of the 2019 Finnish parliamentary election in Tavastia Proper:
- Social Democratic Party 24.82%
- Finns Party 19.72%
- National Coalition Party 18.95%
- Centre Party 10.41%
- Left Alliance 8.81%
- Green League 7.99%
- Christian Democrats 5.22%
- Movement Now 1.58%
- Seven Star Movement 0.61%
- Blue Reform 0.42%
- Swedish People's Party 0.19%
- Other parties 1.28%
Birthplace of composer Jean Sibelius, Hämeenlinna
Loppi Church in the center of the Loppi village
The national romantic view tower in Aulanko park
A view from Hämeen Härkätie, Häme Oxen Road, an old road from Hämeenlinna to former capital Turku dating back to the 9th century
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