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Karelia (Karelen/Karjala) is a historical province in eastern Finland. It borders to Nyland, Savonia and Österbotten. It is also bounded by Russia and the Gulf of Finland.

AdministrationEastern Finland
Southern Finland
Areaxx,xxx km²

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Administration For current affairs see: Eastern Finland and Southern Finland

Karelia is divided upon the administrative provinces of East Finland and South Finland.

History Main article: History of Karelia[?]

Geography Main article: Geography of Karelia[?]

Culture Main article: Culture of Karelia[?]

The Karelian dialect differs slightly from Finnish language and has three main types Karelian Proper, Olonets and Ludic.

Heraldry Main article: Heraldry of Karelia[?]

The arms is crowned by a dukal coronet, though by Finnish tradition this more resembles a Swedish count's coronet. The symbolism of the coat of arms is supposed to represent how the region was fought over by Sweden and Russia for centuries. Blazon: "Gules, in center chief a crown or above two duelling arms, the dexter armored holding a sword and the sinister chain-mail armored with a scimitar, all argent except for hafts and gauntlet joint or."

See also: Karelia (disambiguation)

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