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Old 22nd-October-2008   #1 (permalink)
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Question What are Forest Finns ?

Does anybody know what Forrest Finns (metsäsuomalaiset) are...
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Metsäsuomalaiset WERE Finns who, starting at the end of 1580's, moved from Savo (district in the east-Finland) and north-Häme to the middle Scandinavian evergreen forest district as settlers/farmers. The metsäsuomalaiset spread widely from southern-Swedish town Tiveden to Swedish Lapland in the north and in the west as long as from the west coast of Gulf of Bothnia to the Norwegian Telemark.
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so they are nowadays Finns who live in Sweden...interesting
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There are whole communities of Finns living in Sweden. There is a long history of Finns moving to Sweden for work and indeed vice versa. I have met a number of both Finns and Swedes who have married across the border so to speak.

There are even retirement homes in Sweden that cater for Finnish pensioners.
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