Hj. Nortamo (Frans Hjalmar) (1860-1931)

Death: 30th November 1931
Location:  Old Cemetery, Rauma, Finland
Photo taken by:  Joe K.
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Finnish medical doctor and writer who is associated with Rauma, Finland. His best known work is the series Raumlaissi jaarituksi / Yarns from Rauma, which were written in the dialect of Rauma.  They are regarded as the first Finnish language texts written in a dialect which isn't mainstream Finnish. The dialect of Rauma has a lot of vocabulary that is reminiscent of the old seafaring days and ties with Swedish, English and German speaking countries, and therefore is locally regarded as its own language. Nortamo's writings have been crucial in saving the knowledge of the dialect for future generations.