Osiol:) I'd be much more concerned with both Sweden's as well as little Finland's treatment of its Saami (commonly known as 'Lapp') minority to the North than about the Karelian population in Western Russia!
Actually the Saami are doing quite good nowadays in Scandinavian area. As for Karelians, they are small people who eventually will be Russianized. It is neither "good" nor "bad", just part of natural process of cultures absorbing to bigger ones.
Culture's death is not always result of genocide etc.
Their position during WWII vis-a-vis Germany, despite the heroic stance of Mannerheim against the Soviet invasion, remains a serious issue in their past. Like Norway, Finland didn't exactly stand up politically against Hitler.
it sure is. I am not proud of everything my country has done.
Maxx, I have many Finnish acquaintances and all of them speak excellent Swedish. My Finnish is rudimentary at best, but I have basic survival skills. English might be a poor choice, save perhaps at a class hotel in the center of Halsingfors, oops, Helsinki.-:) LOL
Välkommen ! Tervetuloa !