Savonia (historical province)

Savo [ sɑvɔ ] ( swedish Savolax, lat Savonia ) is one of the historic counties of Finland. The boundaries of the present-day landscapes Savo ( Pohjois Savo, Norra Savolax ) and Southern Savo ( Southern Savo, Södra Savolax ) coincide to a large extent with the borders of the historic landscape.

Savo is an essential part of the Greater Region, known commonly as lakes Finland. The fourth largest lake in Europe, Lake Saimaa with approximately 4,400 km ², is located in this region. The region is also very rich in forests. Much of what is today typically associated with Finland, is found in Savo again.

Historically, Savo a border between East and West, where Sweden and Russia clashed. Since the peace treaties of Nöteborg ( 1323) or Teusina ( 1595 ), the eastern border Savos formed at the same time the eastern border of Sweden to Russia. With the peace of Stolbovo ( 1617), the eastern boundary moved further east. Nevertheless, there are also Eastern influences, for example, by the Orthodox Church. The formation of the Finnish national consciousness was the mid-19th century, a strong impetus of cultural personalities from Savo, Minna Canth, Juhani Aho, the Edelfelt family of artists, all of whom lived in the city of Kuopio. There also the later Johan Vilhelm Snellman statesman gave out one of the first Finnish-language newspapers. Today's regional newspapers are Savon Sanomat ( Kuopio ), Itä- Savo (Savonlinna ) and Länsi- Savo ( Mikkeli ).

Savo is within Finland is a common appellation, as in Germany or Rhineland Franks denote the origin, although there is no corresponding federal states. The people of Savo speak a very distinctive dialect, which belongs linguistically to a larger group of Savo dialects. A known throughout Finland from Savo is kalakukko food ( baked in a loaf of bread fish).

Åland | glee | Karelia | Lapland | Ostrobothnia | Satakunta | Savo | Uusimaa | Varsinais -Suomi

  • Region in Finland