Minahasa Raya is the most northen province of North Sulawesi. It has its name from the ethnic group of the Minahasa people, which is living here
Despite sometimes warlike conflicts, the Minahasa have aligned themselves strongly with the culture of the Dutch colonial power, occasionally their area was therefore referred to as the twelfth Dutch province. The influence of Christianity was influential, but also in music there are European influences.
Minahasa Raya comprises of Bitung, Manado and Minahasa Regency three of the seven regional administrative regions of North Sulawesi. Capital is Tondano