Song magic and bear worship are distinctive marks of the ancient religion.
Notably, nationalists did not consider the Swedish-speakers members of a different (Swedish) nation; in fact, many Fennomans came from Swedish-speaking families.
The Finnish-speaking part of the population are called Finns, possibly including a subculture of Swedish-speaking Finns.
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The Swedish-Finnish group does have unique traditions distinct from the mainstream Finnish-speaking ones, but does not live in a different society.
The group has various origins, both from language switching and from immigration.The culture of Finland combines indigenous heritage, as represented for example by the country's Uralic national language Finnish and the sauna, with common Nordic, Russian and European culture.Because of its history and geographic location Finland has been influenced by the adjacent areas, various Finnic and Baltic peoples as well as the former dominant powers of Sweden and Russia.Swedish-Finns are also sometimes referred to as "Ankkalampi" ("Ankdammen" or "The Duck Pond") due to their relative small number where everybody knows each other.Today, however, most differences are blurred (though rich, powerful Swedish-speaking families still exist) due to mixed marriages and inter-cultural homogenization and communication.In 1721, the Nystad Peace Treaty was signed ending Swedish dominance in the Baltic region. From 1809 to 1917, Finland was a Grand Duchy with the Russian Czar as the constitutional monarch.