What Evidence Shows That the Vikings Settled in Finland?


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Some evidence shows that during the Viking Age, the Vikings settled on the Aland Islands of Finland but not on the mainland. The existence of richly furnished burials containing weapons suggests a chiefly elite presence in the southern and western parts of the area now known as Finland during the Viking Age (800-1025 AD). However, these elites were not Vikings.

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Archaeological and historical evidence shows that the Vikings participated in trade networks during the Viking Age (800AD-1025AD).Moreover, there is no commonly accepted evidence that indicates early state formation in Finland or settlement by the Vikings during this time. The archaeological record suggests that the Vikings did not settle in mainland Finland, if at all, until the Middle Ages.

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