Lapland

Lapland

[lap-land]
noun
a region in N Norway, N Sweden, N Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of the NW Russian Federation in Europe: inhabited by Lapps.
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Lapland (ˈlæpˌlænd)
 
n
Also called (informal): Land of the Midnight Sun an extensive region of N Europe, mainly within the Arctic Circle: consists of the N parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of the extreme NW of Russia

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Lapland
1580, from Lapp, the Swedish name for this Finnic people (their name for themselves was Sabme), which probably originally was an insulting coinage (cf. M.H.G. lappe "simpleton"); but in Eng. traditionally the home of witches and wizards who had power to conjure winds and tempests.
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