There were in excess of 260 000 people in Central Finland at the beginning of 21st the century. The people of the province set out to adapt themselves to the currency system of the European Union and adopted the euro on 1st January, 2002. Cash payments using the Finnish mark ceased on 1st March, 2002. The Bank of Finland is obliged to accept marks for a ten-year period.

Central Finland's wood processing and metal industries as well as energy companies continue to pursue an international profile. Thanks to its geographical location Central Finland can serve as a versatile province for winter and summer tourism. Companies operating in information and wellness technology provide work for people and enrich the economy of the province.