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Kanta-Hämeen maakunta
landskapet Egentliga Tavastland
Flag of Kanta-Häme
Coat of arms of Kanta-Häme
Coat of arms
Kanta-Häme on a map of Finland
Kanta-Häme on a map of Finland
Historical provinceTavastia
 • Total5,706.39 km2 (2,203.25 sq mi)
 • Total170,925
 • Density30/km2 (78/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeFI-06
Regional birdOsprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Regional fishCarp bream (Abramis brama)
Regional flowerPasqueflower (Pulsatilla patens)

Kanta-Häme, sometimes referred to as Tavastia Proper (obsolete name)[1] (Finnish: Kanta-Häme; Swedish: Egentliga Tavastland) is a region (maakunta / landskap) of Finland. The region is also sometimes called the Häme region.[2] It borders the regions of Southwest Finland, Pirkanmaa, Päijät-Häme, and Uusimaa.

Hämeenlinna is the largest urban area in the region. There are two other municipalities that have township status: Riihimäki and Forssa.

Historical provinces[edit]

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.[2]

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).


The Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) is a regional animal of Tavastia Proper.

Kanta-Häme uses the arms of the old historical province Tavastia.


Kanta-Häme region is well known for the preserved tradition of brewing sahti.


Results of the 2019 Finnish parliamentary election in Tavastia Proper:



  1. ^ http://www.stat.fi/meta/luokitukset/maakunta/001-2018/index_en.html
  2. ^ a b "What is Häme?". Visit Häme.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 60°50′N 24°15′E / 60.833°N 24.250°E / 60.833; 24.250