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The Official Hometown of Santa Claus

Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland in Finland, located at the Northern Arctic Circle. Lying at the junction of North and South on the border to the Arctic, Rovaniemi has become a modern town, full of life with its own unique characteristics.

There are eight different seasons this far north, each with its own type of daylight, temperature and natural phenomena. The changing seasons offer an excellent setting for a whole variety of activities. During the frosty twilight, you can ride a snowmobile through snowy forests or over a frozen river, the Midnight Sun on the other hand, takes you cruising in a boat on the river. Each season offers an opportunity to experience the town in a totally different light.

Although Christmas time comes but once a year, in Rovaniemi you can experience Christmas throughout the year. Rovaniemi, in Finnish Lapland, is the hometown of Santa Claus, who can be met on any day of the year at the Santa Claus Office on the Arctic Circle.

Unique congress town in Lapland

As a town of culture, Rovaniemi has high quality services for meetings and conferences. For example Arktikum, Korundi, Lappi Areena and Town Hall & Lappia hall designed by Alvar Aalto offer space for even large events. The hotels of the town also have conference facilities, for example Hotel Santa Claus Conference Center in the city centre of Rovaniemi. One of the benefits of being a small town are the short distances; everything is within easy walking distance from conference venue to hotels, restaurants and shopping. In addition to conference services, Rovaniemi also offers its guests a variety of unique and exotic activities in pure Lappish nature.

Facts and figures

Population: app. 62 800 (in city centre 32 000)

Area: 8016km2

Reindeer: app. 14 000

Snow stays on the ground 183 days / year

Coldest recorded temperature: -45.3°C

Highest recorded temperature: +30.6°C

Meeting facilities

Meeting/congress facilities up to 3500 persons.

Total accommodation

Capacity 3 655 bedplaces.

Education and research

The range of educational facilities available in Rovaniemi is broad. Education is provided for experts in national defence and creative sectors, specializing in cold technologies and catering for challenges posed by the tourism industry. Educational establishments include the University of Lapland, University of Applied Sciences and the Vocational College. There are app. 10 000 students in Rovaniemi.

The University of Lapland has faculties of Law, Education, Art and Design, and Social Sciences. The Arctic Center at the University of Lapland is a research institute and science center for northern conditions.


As the capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi is also the centre of the trade and logistics for Lappish business and consumers. A central location and excellent connections form a channel for utilizing the possibilities of the Barents Region. Rovaniemi offers opportunities for success for enterprises and investors alike in a number of sectors, such as tourism, creative fields, industrial production, information technology, cold testing, shops and services. There are app. 3000 enterprises in the Rovaniemi area.

Contact in Rovaniemi

Mr Juhani Sallanmaa, congress manager
Rovaniemi Congresses
Rovaniemi Tourism and Marketing Ltd
Lordi's Square, Maakuntakatu 29-31
FIN-96200 Rovaniemi
Tel: +358 400 698154, Fax: +358 16 3432650 

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