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Carelia is a rich and fertile region in eastern Finland and across the border in neighboring Russia. It is a region that has inspired much of the Finnish national Epos of the Kalevala and thus has a great meaning to a lot of Finns. A great part of the province has been lost to Russia in the winter war of 1941 an has left over 1/8 of the Finnish population as refugees without the chance to go back to their homeland. Many of these, including my wives grand parents, where provided with a plot of land in Finnland to provide for a living. It is still a very disputed issue amongst the Finns weather Finland should ask for the return of the province or not. About 1/3 of the population would approve of such a move. Today there are almost no more people of Finnish descent to be found in the russian parts of Carelia, they are mostly relocated russians from the sovjet times. The area is very sparsely populated and farms and forest industry remain the strongest economical powers in the region.

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