In February of 1808 the Russians crossed the border into Finland. For more than 600 years the people of Sweden and Finland had live in the same state, lived under the same laws and fought and died together in the same wars. Now they fought together for the last time.
In 1809 Sweden lost Finland to Russia, where it became an autonomous Grand Duchy. The Russian tsar became a grand duke of Finland, and in Finland he was represented by a governor general.