Karelians - Settlements



Karelian settlements were generally located by a river or body of water. Village types can be classified as follows: irregular villages, sparsely populated, the houses scattered and distant from one another—especially prevalent in the north; ordered-row villages, in which the houses are arranged along the shore of a river or lake; and street villages, in which the houses are oriented with the gables toward the street (more recent than the other two, this type was initiated by administrative decree). The latter two types appear in the south among Finnish Karelians. After World War II rural settlement was centralized and the old villages were deserted.


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