In 1863 Wolmar Schildt,
who had become a representative of the Diet, presented the proposal that
Central Finland should become an independent administrative district to
the Estate of the Nobility, but the initiative was rejected. At the same
time the idea was proposed to the Estate of the Peasants and to the Estate
of the Clergy. In 1868 G.O. Schöneman, a priest of Jyväskylä Town Parish,
published in the Kansan Lehti the Central Finland march, the lyrics of
which he had written. The march is regarded as the first attempt to introduce
a provincial song.
The Kansan Lehti defined Central Finland as a province consisting of countryside
in the central part of Finland, including the east side of the administrative
district of Vaasa, the western part of the administrative district of
Kuopio, the western side of the administrative district of St. Michel,
the northern parishes of Hämeenlinna and the north-eastern end of the
administrative district of Turku.
In 1863, a temporary training college for elementary school teachers was
founded in Jyväskylä at the instigation of Uno Cygnaeus. The teacher training
college was to play an important role in the development of the province.
The parishes of Central Finland set up their municipal administration
during the years 1865-1872.