South Karelia

South Karelia is in Southern Finland. South Karelia's population is about 136 000. Finnish. As elsewhere in Finland, most younger people and those who regularly communicate with travelers can speak English.

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City of Lappeenranta is the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland situated near the border of Russia and at the southern edge of the Saimaa, the largest lake of Finland.


Imatra is an industrial town in South Karelia. It is dominated by Lake Saimaa, the River Vuoksi and the Finnish-Russian border.

Joutseno is a town in South Karelia, Finland. Joutseno is located by the lake of Saimaa.

Suomenniemi is in South Karelia.

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Other Names for South Karelia

  • English:  South Karelia Region, South Karelia
  • Finnish:  Etelä-Karjalan Maakunta
  • French:  Carélie du Sud
  • Norwegian:  Sør-Karelen
  • Swedish:  Landskapet Södra Karelen, Södra Karelen
  • Etelae-Karjala
  • Sydkarelens Förbund

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