"Finnetunet" in Grue, Hedmark - Norway. Many of the Finnish people came and settled here in 1500-1600s. Finnskogene (Finnforests) is a large contiguous forest area stretching along both sides of the border between Solør, Hedmark - Norway and Värmland in Sweden, municipalities here was Eidskog, Kongsvinger, Brandval, Grue, Hof, Åsnes and Våler. Most of these finns came from Savolax (Karelen), Finland. Some settled also in counties Akershus, Oppland, Buskerud and Oslo.
In the early 1600s many Finns moved to the area around the Swedish-Norwegian border. They settled in the forests and lived off slash-and-burn agriculture. Tracts of the forest were cut down and then burned, and rye was sown in the ashes. The fields could only be cultivated for a few years, so new areas were continually being cut and burned. Photo: Gunnar Vold