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.


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