alue (“region”) + hallinto (“administration”) + virasto (“office, authority”), coined in 2009 when the reorganization of state regional administration was planned. Aluehallintovirasto replaced the former lääninhallitus, and lääni was discontinued as administrative unit from the beginning of 2010.
- IPA(key): /ˈɑlueˣˌhɑlːintoˌʋirɑsto/, [ˈɑ̝lue̞hˌhɑ̝lːin̪t̪o̞ˌʋirɑ̝s̠to̞]
- Rhymes: -irɑsto
- Syllabification(key): a‧lu‧e‧hal‧lin‧to‧vi‧ras‧to
- regional state administrative agency (official translation); regional branch of the state government of Finland executing all legislative implementation, steering and supervision functions in the regions.