Slash-and-burn farmers leave Rautalampi for Sweden

Believe it or not, but this is a true story. In the early 1600s, a group of Savonian slash-and-burn farmers left for Sweden in search of a better life. Martti Marttinen from the mother parish of Rautalampi was one of them. In Sweden, Marttinen was called Mårtensson. The area inhabited by Finns by the border of Norway and Sweden came to be known as Finnskåg, “Finn forest”.