WHERE ARE WE?
WHAT IS OSTROBOTHNIA?
Ostrobothnia is a historically, scenically and culturally distinctive area in western Finland, which is one of the Nordic countries. Finland Proper and Ostrobothnia were part of Sweden for almost 700 years until 1809. All this time, people spoke about three distinct regions: Sweden, Finland, and Ostrobothnia.
WHERE IS SOUTH-OSTROBOTHNIA, Lapua AND THE KOSOLA HOUSE?
The most distinctive features of the region’s cultural history are concentrated in the area of the historical South Ostrobothnia. Even today, this area in Finland is as distinctive and exotic as Scotland in the UK. The dialect spoken in the region might well be a language of its own, the musical tradition is very rich, and the people of the region have a strong provincial identity.
The most distinctive feature of the landscape are the vast expanses of cultivated fields and the large, traditional Ostrobothnian peasant houses made of logs that still dominate the landscape here and there.
South Ostrobothnia is a province of culture and food, criss-crossed by its slowly flowing rivers. There is an abundance of clean nature, forests, bogs and animals living in them.