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Southern Savonia
South Savo

Etelä-Savon maakunta
landskapet Södra Savolax
Flag of Southern Savonia South Savo
Coat of arms of Southern Savonia South Savo
Coat of arms
Etelä-Savo on a map of Finland
Etelä-Savo on a map of Finland
Coordinates: 62°0′N 27°30′E / 62.000°N 27.500°E / 62.000; 27.500Coordinates: 62°0′N 27°30′E / 62.000°N 27.500°E / 62.000; 27.500
Historical provinceSavonia
 • Total18,768.33 km2 (7,246.49 sq mi)
 • Total142,335
 • Density7.6/km2 (20/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeFI-04
Regional birdGolden oriole
Regional fishVendace
Regional flowerWater lily

Southern Savonia or, officially, South Savo[1] (Finnish: Etelä-Savo; Swedish: Södra Savolax) is a region in the south-east of Finland. It borders the regions of Northern Savonia (North Savo), North Karelia, South Karelia, Kymenlaakso, Päijät-Häme, and Central Finland. The total area of Southern Savonia is 18,768.33 km2 (7,246.5 sq mi), with a population of 153,738 (2011).

Southern Savonia is located in the heart of the Finnish lake district, and contains Lake Saimaa, the largest lake in Finland. The three major towns in the region are Mikkeli, Savonlinna and Pieksämäki.

Local cuisine is best known for fried vendace, often served with potato puree, and a semicircle-shaped pastry called lörtsy.[2][3]

Historical provinces[edit]

For history, geography and culture see: Savonia


Southern Savonia includes 12 municipalities listed below (towns marked in bold).


Results of the 2019 Finnish parliamentary election in Southern Savonia:



  1. ^ Alueluokitusmuutokset 1.1.2019, accessed 19 October 2020
  2. ^ Finnish fast food – fried vendace (muikku), accessed 19 October 2020
  3. ^ Lörtsy | Traditional Sweet Pastry From Southern Savonia, Finland, accessed 19 October 2020

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