In the study of Finnish folklore three distinctly different regions appear: the Swedish-speaking coast, the Orthodox areas of Karelia and the remaining greater part of Finland. The first two have preserved many older dance forms thanks to their peripheral situation. Sampaa Folklore & Sydwest two joint folklore group has their own importance . The Samppa Folklore was officially registered in 1975. The group has about 45 dancers and 10 musicians. Samppa Folklore is a member of the Finnish Folklore Association. The musicians of the SydWest -ensemble have various backgrounds, all from pure amateur to former professional musician. In addition to accompanying the dancers, SydWest performs traditional folk music and light music, and can also provide some old time dance music. Finnish dance tradition has been influenced by both Sweden and Russia.