LAPLAND


The northernmost region of Finland, usually related to Santa Claus, in reality, having much more to offer! Its landscapes surely inspired plenty of fairytales, with profound forests that give shelter to some of Europe’s native animals, like brown bear, golden eagle, or reindeer to name few. It’s a perfect environment for so many winter and summer activities, from snowshoeing, cross country ski to swimming (in one of its hundred the lakes), or hiking through well-connected paths. And of course – northern light hunting! Moreover, Lapland is not only about nature and amazing animals, but also about their strong culture in the presence of Sámi (living also in Sweden, Norway and part of Russia), now the only indigenous people in the European Union.

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ABOUT FINNISH LAPLAND 

There is more than one Lapland

Although typically known as the Finnish region, Lapland covers also the north part of Norway, Sweden and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. Its name is actually derived from ‘Lapp’, the word that is used by Scandinavians to call the indigenous people of this area, who by the way prefer to be called Sami and the region itself Sápmi.

It’s reindeer’s land

It’s been said that there are as many reindeer in Lapland as there are people. But the fact is that they all have an owner and only Sami people can herd reindeer. Each one of them has the marking so it’s easier for the owner to recognize and locate them.

The home to Europe’s only indigenous people

It’s been said that there are as many reindeer in Lapland as there are people. But the fact is that they all have an owner and only Sami people can herd reindeer. Each one of them has the marking so it’s easier for the owner to recognize and locate them.

The last wilderness hub in Europe

Wildly unspoiled land of Lapland still remains the natural kingdom of this part of the world. With thousands of lakes, wild animals such as bear, wolverine or world’s rarest seal (Saimaa ringed seal) and profound forests with trees up to 600 years old it’s also globally the largest organic area of renewable natural products.

FACTS ABOUT FINNISH LAPLAND 

‘CAPITAL’
Rovaniemi

AREA<
98,984 km2

POPULATION
184,000

CURRENCY
Euro (EUR)

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
Finnish/Sámi

ETHNIC GROUPS
Finnish/Sámi

RELIGION
Evangelical Lutheran Church

SETTLEMENT
8th century

MAIN INDUSTRY
Private sectors/Tourism

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