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Waves of other Finnish immigrants arrived in the first Millennium, but they did not fill a vacuum.
The indigenous population of Finland consists of the resident Finno-Ugric people and the Saami. As a result, extensive groves of hazel, elm, oak, and linden trees grew, all of which are encountered today only at scattered intervals in southern Finland.
Many of these immigrants were actually Central European Finno-Ugrians who spoke a related language, but whose language was eventually buried under several layers of Germanic languages.
Finnish tribes followed the ice north over thousands of years from their interglacial central European home, which is now established in the latest Mitochondrial DNA information.
While the continental ice sheet and great bodies of water still covered most of Finland, a tundra, overgrown with dwarf birch, bordered the glacial margin, both in the north and in the south.