The Karelian Isthmus is a territory bordered by the Gulf of Finland, Lake Ladoga, and Lake Saimaa, which used to be home for many Finns and is still remembered with nostalgia. More than 400,000 Finns lived on the Isthmus, the largest centres of local life were Vyborg and Käkisalmi. After World War II, the Karelian Isthmus was ceded to the Soviet Union; today it belongs to Russia.
The Karelian Isthmus is remembered as a place of beautiful nature; life on the Isthmus was colourful and lively. Inhabitants of the Isthmus were believed to represent the ‘sunny side’ of Finnish nation – they were joyful and vivid, and valued for their trading skills. Many of them were farmers, since the local soil was excellently suitable for cultivation.
The multicultural Vyborg was Finland’s second largest city and a thriving industrial centre, the vitality of which attracted artists and cultured intellectuals. The Vyborg area was also a popular tourist destination on both domestic and international levels.
Hallmarks of the Karelian Isthmus include the beautiful wooden lace dachas, white sand beaches of Terijoki, Mon Repos Park, Valamo Monastery, Lintula Convent and Lake Ladoga.