In 1856 Wolmar Schildt, the district physician, began to use the words Central Finland to refer to the area later known as the province of Central Finland, thus giving birth to the idea that Central Finland could become an administrative district. Jyväskylä, which had been planned to be the capital of the province, made rapid advances over two decades. In Schildt's view a new administrative district was necessary, because the population had grown considerably. In an article in the newspaper Suometar on 18th April, 1856, Schildt expressed the hope that the authorities would make a decision on the establishment of the administrative district of Central Finland and on making the young Jyväskylä its capital. Schildt opined that a new administrative district and a governor in Jyväskylä would be an economic and inspirational impetus to the whole of Central Finland.

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