Finns proper (from Swedish Finnar or egentliga Finnar, Finnish: Varsinaissuomalaiset) are a historic people and a modern subgroup (heimo) of the Finnish people. They live in areas of the historical province of Finland Proper (Varsinais-Suomi) and speak Southwestern dialects of Finnish. Finns proper had very early strong connections to Scandinavia.
Originally, the exonym "Finland" and the endonym "Suomi" referred only to the Southwestern region inhabited by Finns proper. Later, the meaning of these names expanded to refer to the whole area of modern Finland. Earlier, the name "Finn" meant Sami people, especially in older Norse sagas.
- Palmunen, Lauri (toim.): Varsinais-Suomen käsikirja – Egentliga Finlands handbok. Turku: Varsinais-Suomen liitto, 2009
- Hermann Pálsson (1999): The Sami People in Old Norse Literature.
- "Description of the battle in the First Novgorod Chronicle". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27.; in Swedish. Hosted by the narc.fi. See Arkistolaitos/sahkoiset Archived June 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine and Diplomatarium Fennicum from the menu. See also original text; in Russian.
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