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Ostrobothnia (Finnish: Pohjanmaa, Swedish: Österbotten) is in Finland, Western Finland.
Ostrobothnia is a region centered around Vaasa on the west coast of Finland consisting of 17 municipalities. It borders with the regions Central Ostrobothnia, Southern Ostrobothnia and Satakunta. Ostrobothnia is the only mainland region in Finland that has a slight majority of Swedish-speakers (about 52%), although a few places have a Finnish-speaking majority (the cities of Vaasa and Kaskinen and the municipalities of Laihia, Isokyrö and Vähäkyrö). The area is dominated by agrarian culture in difference to the forestry dominated inland. Historically Ostrobothnia was hit hard by bad economic conditions and famine during the 19th century and thousands of people left to emigrate to America.
- By air from Helsinki and Stockholm to Vaasa airport. There is also a airport in Kronoby.
- There are train connections to Vaasa and Bennäs (the railway station of Jakobstad and Pedersöre, bus connection to central Jakobstad).
- Buses frequently traffic main road 8 along the west coast.
- By car along main road 8 which goes along the west coast and main road 3 that leads to Tampere.
- Ferry to Vaasa from Umeå