Who are Finns and where did they come from?

It is widely known that people tend to think that Finland is a part of Scandinavia and has a language, nation and culture related to Sweden. Unfortunately or fortunately, however anyone wants it to be, Finland is not a part of Scandinavia. The area is called Fennoscandia and it includes Finland, Karelia, the Kola Peninsula and some parts of Sweden and Norway. This is taught in every Finnish school, although other European countries might not be informed about this little detail. I have travelled a lot around Europe and noticed that, after telling people I come from Finland, they immediately associate me with Scandinavians. I decided that now it is time to reveal this distorted belief and tell you more about Finland.

Finnish nation

The difference is not only geographical, it has also something to do with language, culture and traditions. The Finnish language belongs to the Finno-Ugric language group. The Swedish, Norwegian and Danish languages are part of the Germanic language group and that also unites these countries culturally and geographically. Conclusion: Finland is something inexplicable on a map between Scandinavia and Russia.

Finnish people still consider themselves as a part of Scandinavia, but reading history books we can find some interesting information about the Finnish nation. First people that settled down in Finland came from Ural. Basically Finns have their roots in Karelia, which was lost to Russia during the Second World War. After the war Karelia was sovietized a lot, but many towns and villages kept their traditions and language and even nowadays you can find Finnish theaters, libraries, cinemas and shops in Karelia.


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