There are few places called Lapland on our planet. For example Swedish Lapland; Norwegian Lapland; Lapland, Indiana, a town in the US; Lapland in Nova Scotia, a community in the Canadian province, BUT the most well-known Lapland you can find in Northern Finland.

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Finnish Lapland is the largest and northernmost part of Finland with more reindeers than people (about 180 000 inhabitants). Lapland is a subarctic region with nightless summers when the sun doesn’t set and winters when the yellow/orange ball doesn’t cast her light at all. Thus the depression rates. And electric bills…

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Here’s a pic of reindeer. Just FYI! 🙂

The Capital of Finnish Lapland is Rovaniemi with municipality tax rate of 21%. We have the most bars and pubs in Finland with respect to population (approximately 62,000 people) and we are the largest city in whole Europe (by area! of 8.016,72 square kilometres or 1.122.789,74 football fields if someone’s still using imperial system). The city was 90% destroyed in 1944 by retreating German forces during the 2nd World War and Lapland War, when Finland signed the Moscow Armistice when we almost conquered Soviet Union.

Rovaniemi is located about 10 clicks south from the Arctic Circle at 66°30′N, 025°44′E and is the official home of Santa Claus as well as viewing of the Northern Lights. It is a flourishing and ever growing tourism center with approximately 500 000 visitors a year due to unspoiled nature and numerous winter activity possibilities as well as the  northernmost student city with Lapland University and Lapland University of Applied Sciences.

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The summers here are quite cold but luckily short. Quiet too since the tourism season is concentrated to Christmas and winter time. Most of the students also leave for the summer to their home towns and cities across Finland, but if it’s a sunny day, you can find people from outdoor terraces enjoying beverages and, if someone mistakes to talk, you may hear complaints about how hot it is and how in the evening they’re gonna warm/light up the sauna.

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We Lapplanders respect privacy and quiet, but you may recognize an extrovert Finn when he/she is staring at your shoes instead of his/her own when having a conversation. That was a joke. Seriously speaking, after a brief moment we are open, helpful, loving and semi-happy folk who tend to offer better than we receive. That’s Lappish hospitality.

 

Personally, I’m gonna leave asap (again), but who knows if someday I’ll come back (again). Be that as it may, I’m proud to be born and raised Lappish and that won’t change.

-Matti

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