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Lapland itself was never considered a duchy but on January 18, 1884 the Privy Council gave all Provinces the right of use to a dukal coronet for their arms.
The Finnish version has reversed the tinctures for the shield and the wildman in natural colors and it has kept the original countal coronet. Blazon Finnish version: "Gules, a Wildman stantant proper wrapped with birch leaves Vert on the head and around the waist holding a Club Or in dexter over the shoulder." The wildman occures first on Carta marina (1539) and have a head cap of birch leaves, depicting a mytical hero called Starkad; the red color might associate to Birkarlian's coats.
User:Pko has taken up the practice of moving this article to Laponia (historical province of Finland). I would recommend stopping this practice. Laponia is a historical entity (prior 1809), which includes areas now both in Finland and in Sweden. I fail to understand how any subsequent changes in national borders could change the meaning of a term pertaining to the Nordic history of middle ages and the early modern era. --MPorciusCato (talk) 07:35, 21 April 2008 (UTC)