Lapland 1570s, 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"). In English traditionally the home of witches and wizards who had power to conjure winds and tempests. Related: Laplander.

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  • Lapland — can refer to:* English name of the Lapland Province ( Lappi ) in Finland * English name of Lapland, Sweden ( Lappland ); the name is not in official use * Sápmi (area), the entire cultural region inhabited by the Sami people minority in northern… …   Wikipedia

  • Lapland — [lap′land΄] region of N Europe, including the N parts of Norway, Sweden, & Finland, & the NW extremity of European Russia, inhabited by the Lapps …   English World dictionary

  • Lapland — /lap land /, n. a region in N Norway, N Sweden, N Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of the NW Russian Federation in Europe: inhabited by Lapps. * * * Region, northern Europe. Located within the Arctic Circle, it stretches across northern Norway,… …   Universalium

  • LAPLAND —    (28), a stretch of country in the N. of Europe, between the Atlantic and the White Sea; is divided between Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Its climate is very severe; mountainous in the W., it becomes more level in the E., where are many… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Lapland — Sp Lãpija Ap Lappi suomiškai Sp Laplándija Ap Lapland norvegiškai L Suomijos lenis; samų (lapių) gyvenama teritorija Š Norvegijoje, Švedijoje, Suomijoje ir Rusijoje …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė

  • Lapland — /ˈlæplænd/ (say lapland) noun a region inhabited by Sami in northern Norway, northern Sweden, northern Finland, and the Kola peninsula of north western Russia. –Laplander, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • Lapland — geographical name region N Europe above the Arctic Circle in N Norway, N Sweden, N Finland, & Kola Peninsula of Russia • Laplander noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Lapland — noun The northern parts of Scandinavia and Finland with the Kola peninsula in Russia, traditionally inhabited by the Sami people. Syn: Lappland, Sápmi, Samiland, Saamiland …   Wiktionary

  • Lapland — Lap|land an area of northern Europe consisting of parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The people who live there are called Saami, though the old English name for them was Lapps. >Laplander n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Lapland — northernmost Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Russia …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

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