The 16th century in
Central Finland spelled established administration, settlements and the
cultivation of forest areas cleared through burning. There were approximately
2000 inhabitants at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries, with settlers
from Savo arriving and seizing hunting grounds from the people of Häme.
Savo-born people would settle in the northern and central parts of Cental
Finland, where old fishing and hunting habits remained as subsidiary occupations
even for centuries. It was only in the middle of the century that fixed
settlements were established in the northern parts of Central Finland.
According to population research there were about 4000 inhabitants in
Central Finland in the 1580s, which is just over 1 % of the population
of the entire country.