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South Karelia is a region of Finland. It borders the regions of Kymenlaakso, Southern Savonia and North Karelia, as well as Russia.Historical provinceFor history, geography and culture see: Finnish KareliaRegional CouncilThe Regional Council of South Karelia is a joint municipal authority of nine member municipalities. The Council operates as the authority for regional development and unit for regional planning and looks 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.The 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 is also represented in several international organisations, such as AEBR.MunicipalitiesThe region of South Karelia is made up of nine municipalities, of which two have city status (marked in bold).Imatra Sub-region: Imatra (28,219)Parikkala (5,509)Rautjärvi (3,682)Ruokolahti (5,507) Lappeenranta Sub-region: Lappeenranta (72,658)Lemi (3,130)Luumäki (4,992)Savitaipale (3,729)Taipalsaari (4,826)Plan your holiday in South Karelia and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our Finland trip builder website.
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