Fennoscandia (Finnish: Fennoskandia; Swedish: Fennoskandien; Norwegian: Fennoskandia; Russian: Фенноскандия Fennoskandiya) or the Fennoscandian Peninsula is the geographical peninsula comprising the Scandinavian Peninsula, Finland, Karelia, and the Kola Peninsula. It encompasses Finland, Norway and Sweden, as well as Murmansk Oblast, much of the Republic of Karelia, and parts of northern Leningrad Oblast in Russia. Its name comes from the Latin words Fennia (Finland) and Scandia (Scandinavian). The term was first used by the Finnish geologist Wilhelm Ramsay in 1898. Geologically, the area is distinct because its bedrock is Archaean granite and gneiss with very little limestone, in contrast to adjacent areas in Europe.
Fennoscandia in March 2002
Map highlighting the Fennoscandian, Scandinavian and the Kola Peninsulas
|Adjacent bodies of water||Arctic Sea, Atlantic Ocean|
|Highest elevation||2,469 m (8,100 ft)|
|Whole or part of the mainland area of Murmansk Oblast, Republic of Karelia, and Leningrad Oblast|
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