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Welcome to Rovaniemi
The Official Hometown of Santa Claus®
Santa Claus has lived in Finnish Lapland longer than even he himself can remember. His original home is on Korvatunturi Fell, where many of Christmas’ greatest secrets still lie hidden.
Hundreds of years ago, a good friend of Santa, known as Uncle Markus, accidentally revealed the whereabouts of Santa's home and curious searchers began to follow his trail. Of course, they failed to find the home of Santa Claus, which is one of the world's closest guarded secrets.
However, Santa didn't want to disappoint his friends. Accordingly, half a century later, he welcomed them for the first time to Rovaniemi at the Arctic Circle. He could not have chosen a better place. As well as being the home of Santa's magical world, the Arctic Circle also acts as a gateway to a slower-paced, enchanted time.
As the number of guests grew year by year, Santa finally made a historic promise Rovaniemi would become his official hometown; a meeting place for all friends of Christmas, and Santa himself would be available to meet them on every day of the year!
Hundreds of millions of people around the world dream of meeting the real Santa Claus at Christmas. We, the people of Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus, bid you a warm welcome to returning the visit of the world's most merry fellow!
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