Karelia meaning

kə-rē'lē-ə, -rēl'yə, -ryĕ'lē-yə
A region of northwest Russia between the Gulf of Finland and the White Sea. Inhabited since ancient times by the Karelians, the area later came under Swedish domination and was annexed by Russia (1721). Incorporated as a semiautonomous republic of the USSR (1923), Karelia became a member of the Russian Federation after the collapse of the Soviet Union (1992).
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Region in N Europe between the Gulf of Finland and the White Sea, constituting an autonomous republic of Russia: 66,564 sq mi (172,400 sq km)
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A region to the north of Saint Petersburg in Russia and Finland.
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An autonomous republic of Russia, official name the Republic of Karelia.
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