Eastern Finland, and particularly Karelia, has a long tradition of Orthodox religious and other influences from beyond the border. These are still apparent in everyday life, for example in what people eat. And in many towns and villages you can find an Orthodox church or chapel, besides the more prevalent Lutheran ones. In Orthodox homes you can see icons on the walls, and often find a special "käspaikka", a small wash-basin for guests, with a hand-towel woven to traditional patterns.

The "tsasouna" (chapel) here at Parppeinvaara is to a traditional model from Korpiselkä village, across the border in what is now Russian Karelia. Built here in 1980, originally as part of a film set, it is nowadays used by the local Orthodox community, and features icons painted by local people.