Ohio History Journal

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The United States has been developed by motley

groups of peoples from numerous divergent lands, prin-

cipally from European countries. Among the represen-

tatives from these foreign nations are stalwart migrants

from fascinating Finland. In the course of a century or

more the Finns have settled largely in our northern tier

of states. Their numbers today, including those born in

this country, but of foreign or mixed parentage, total

320,536. Slightly less than half of them are classified

by the United States census as living in rural districts.

This proportion, however, does not really present a true

picture of their reaction to rural life for great numbers

of those living in small to moderate sized cities own a bit

of land in the surrounding rural territory or in coopera-

tive groups share a small acreage in the city outskirts.

The Finns have very strong inclinations toward an out-

door existence and, for many of those who have been

caught in the swirl of urban complexities, the major

ambition is to own a piece of rural mother earth.

In recent years some of the notable achievements of

the Finnish people have been made known to America

through the masterful contributions of the great com-

poser, Sibelius, and of the brilliant architect, Saarinen,


* A radio presentation for the Ohio Academy of Science, Station

WEAO (WOSU), February 24, 1933.