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The Concept of Landscape Among Karelian Migrants in Finland

Kirsi Niukko


Karelian migrants were a new population group that emerged in Finland after the Second World War when their former home places were ceded to the Soviet Union. The evacuees adapted to their new areas, while maintaining the memory of their old homes and forging a nostalgic and ideal image of Karelia. In the culture of remembrance of the Karelian migrants, the image of Karelia was constructed above all through memories of family, kin, and local villages. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the physical reality of Karelia opened up and the new image of Karelia required the acceptance of historical facts.

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