For extensive information on Rovaniemi, please see the Visit Rovaniemi media kit.
– In terms of geographical area, Rovaniemi is the largest town in Europe, spanning 8 016 km² in all. The total area comprises 7 601 km² of land and 415 km² of water.
– Rovaniemi is Finland’s 16th largest town.
– The number of citizens is 61 838 (31st December 2015). Including the additional 5 000 students (2012 estimate) whose main place of residence is outside of Rovaniemi, the total number of inhabitants rises to approximately 65 000.
– 2.4 % of the town’s residents have foreign citizenship (31st December 2014). The total number of different nationalities exceeds 90 (31st December 2012).
– Each year, Rovaniemi is visited by approximately half a million travellers, of which around 60 % come from foreign countries and 40 % are domestic visitors.
– The town is surrounded by approximately 30 villages, most of them situated near the rivers Ounasjoki and Kemijoki.
– Rovaniemi has been the administrative centre of Lapland since 1938.
– Rovaniemi was granted town status in 1960.
– The average annual temperature in 2015 was 2,6 °C.The coldest month in 2015 was January with an average temperature of -10,9 °C. The warmest was July with an average temperature of +13,8°C.
– At the end of 2014, age distribution was as follows: 0-14 years, 16.9 %; 15-64 years, 65,9 %, 65 and older, 17,2 %. Of citizens 15 years and older, 75,4 % had completed secondary school at the end of 2014 and 31,3 % had graduated from college or university.
– In 2011, the number of business locations was 3 266.
What you definitely should know when planning a story in and on Rovaniemi
Rovaniemi is the Official Hometown of Santa Claus, where the man in red can be visited 365 days a year.
Please read more on Santa Claus.
Santa Claus Village is the main tourist attraction in Rovaniemi and Lapland with more than 300 000 annual visitors.
SantaPark is Santa’s home cavern, mined 50 metres underground in the Syväsenvaara fell.
The Northern Lights are a magical phenomenon very popular among tourists, many of whom come to Rovaniemi mainly to see the dancing arcs of light in the sky. Find out more about the Aurora Borealis.
The Midnight Sun and white nights provide light around the clock in the northern summer. The light conditions are unique and ideal for photography. The nocturnal light also gives an extra edge to activities. Read more on the Midnight Sun.
There are several unique ways to stay the night in Rovaniemi.
Rovaniemi has excellent grounds and facilities for a plethora of activities year round.
Most popular winter activities include:
Most popular summer activities include:
And that’s just scratching the surface. Please see our Activities page for the whole range.
The snow sauna is an exotic concept even for Finns, to whom traditional sauna is a source of national pride. Arctic SnowHotel constructs snow saunas each winter. Getting steamy hot in a cubicle made of snow and ice is truly a unique experience!