VISITROVANIEMi: Finland Claudia Morán Arias 2ºB
Rovaniemi is the administrative capital of a Finlands northernmostprovince, Lapland. The city and the surrounding Rovaniemen maalaiskunta(Rural municipality of Rovaniemi) were consolidated into a single entity onJanuary 1, 2006.
Rovaniemi is situated about 5km south of the Artic Circle and isbetween the hills of Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara, at theconfluence of the river Kemijoki and Ounasjoki.
Important FactsRovaniemi has an area of 8,016.72and a population of 61,000.They speak Finnish.The currency is the Euro.You can go to Rovaniemi by plane.
NameThe rova part in the name Rovaniemi is Saamic origin and its hasgot many meanings. One is “roavve” in Saami means a forestedridge or hill on the site of an old forest fire. Rova means a rockor a group of rocks in a stretch of rapids too, or even a saunastove. The niemi part of the name means “cape”.
HistoryRovaniemi was founded in 1453 as acollection of small villages, their inhabitantsengaged in agriculture, livestock, fishing andhunting.The exploitation of natural resources ofLapland in 1800 boosted the growth ofRovaniemi and the population grew. GoldRush also attracted many people andRovaniemi became the business center ofthe province of Lapland.During World War II, Finland signed theMoscow Armistice and was involved in theLapland War with its former German ally. OnOctober 13, 1944, the German army wasordered to destroy all the buildings inRovaniemi.
Rovaniemi todayTourism is one of the most important industries in Rovaniemi, there are many hotelsand restaurants in the center and on the outskirts of the city.Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland, many government institutions have their officesthere. 10,000 of its inhabitants are students and other leading universities are theUniversity of Lapland and the University of Applied Sciences, Rovaniemi.Some of the most famous places are the bridge Jätkänkynttilä, Arktikum House,Rovaniemi City Hall, Lappia House, Santa Claus Village and Santapark.A phenomenon that attracts many tourists is the Northern Lights, in Rovaniemi thenumber of auroras can be 200 for year.
Weather in RovaniemiAverage temperature: + 0.2ºCAnnual rainfall: 535mmThe ground is covered with snowfor 183 days a year.Minimum temperature: - 45.3ºCMaximum temperature: + 30.6ºCThe midnight sun can be seenfrom June 6 to July 7.
In Rovaniemi there are many beautiful places, for example: SantaClaus house, the main bridge, many beautiful lakes and rivers,stranges hotels, the center of the city, snowy forests, etc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE7nMhnFXx8
There are many activities to do in Rovaniemi, for example: you can seereindeers and do dog sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, icefishing, skating, or you can visit Santa Claus village and the center of thecity, but the most beautiful you can see are the Northern Lights. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLF8UwXm30A
Famous inhabitants-Jari Tervo, writer.-Harri Olli, ski jumper.-Writer Timo K. Mukka died inRovaniemi in 1974.-Snowboarder and 2005Winter X Games gold medalistAntti Autti is a Rovanieminative.-Tanja Poutiainen, alpine skier.-World champion snowcrosswinner Janne Tapio is aRovaniemi native.-Antti Tuisku, singer.-The Black Metal band Beheritcame from Rovaniemi.
Santa Claus VillageIn Santa ClausVillage you can visitSantas house or youcan send your letterin the Post Office ofSanta Claus.You can even meetand take a photowith him. And youcan meet hisreindeers!