After the Northern Ladoga region and the Karelian Isthmus passed from Finland to the USSR as a result of the Second World War, the local Finns were forced to leave their homes. Soviet collective farmers left without a roof over their heads settled in some abandoned Finnish houses. Since then, many old Finnish houses have fallen into disrepair and either live out their lives, abandoned in the forests, or have acquired a facade of siding that hides their origin. But some enthusiasts restore buildings. For people, this is a sign of respect for the past owners, a symbol of the fact that one can not only destroy, but also adequately dispose of what was inherited from other peoples. In the restored houses, museums of Finnish culture, recreation centers are arranged, unusual housing is rented out so that people can plunge into the past. Often these restoration enthusiasts keep in touch with the former owners of the property, and some even hosted the descendants of those Finns.



Candidate for the Redcollegia Award