Turku and Pori Province

Turku and Pori Province (Finnish: Turun ja Porin lääni, Swedish: Åbo och Björneborgs län, Russian: Або-Бьёрнеборгская губерния) was a province of independent Finland from 1917 to 1997. The province was however founded as a county in 1634 when today's Finland was an integrated part of Sweden. It is named after the cities of Turku (Swedish: Åbo) and Pori (Swedish: Björneborg).

Turku and Pori Province
Turun ja Porin lääni
Åbo och Björneborgs län

Або-Бьёрнеборгская губерния
County of Sweden 1634–1809
Province of Grand Duchy of Finland 1809–1917
Province of independent Finland 1917–1997
1634–1997
Coat of arms
CapitalTurku
Area 
 1 January 1993
20,721 km2 (8,000 sq mi)
Population 
 1 January 1993
731786
History 
 Established
1634
 Disestablished
1997
Succeeded by
Åland Islands
Western Finland

The Åland Islands were split into a separate province in 1918. In 1997 Turku and Pori Province was merged with the northern part of the Häme Province, the provinces of Vaasa and Central Finland into the new Western Finland Province.