A LINE IN THE WILDERNESS

Ella Kviniemi went back to her native Finland to investigate the mysterious border between Finland and Russia.

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Jan 9, 2018 · 7 min read

Stronger than nationality

Skolt Sámi Katri Jefremoff’s family was taken from their traditional homeland to Finland when Finland lost the area of Pechenga to the Soviets. Nevertheless, borders don’t affect her identity: “I am Sámi, not Finnish.”
Picture of Carl Gustaf Mannerheim, military leader and former president in Finland, is one of the symbols of the war. The respect accorded to him the veterans is self-evident.

A border of battlefields

“I guess Finns are traditionally a bit suspicious about Russia. After all, they have never given us anything good,” says Niilo Haikola, who has fought in all the wars against Soviet Union.
Veikko Juntunen

To the East and back in time

Väinö Maksimainen met his Estonian-Russian Inna through letter exchange. On Finnish border areas, many Finnish men have found themselves a wife from Russia. Finnish women often decide to move to bigger cities. In the 90’s, Russian women got also a better standard of living by accepting a Finnish proposal. Now the trend has faded.
Jussi Huovinen

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