Lapland is truly unique in its nature, people and activities. Lapland.fi is a good place to start your exploration of the Lappish way of life.
Welcome to Lapland and to Lapland.fi - Your first stop in Lapland.
Lapland is the northmost province of Finland sharing the border with Sweden, Norway and Russia. At the same time, we are part of the North Calotte and the Barents area. The Arctic Circle runs in the southern part of Lapland. It can be explored in the capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi, for example, where the Arctic Circle is conveniently located.
The nature of Lapland is varyingly diverse. The hills and the coastal area of the sea form great differences in altitude. The highest point of Lapland, and indeed the whole of Finland, can be found in Enontekiö - Halti Fell rises from the ground to an altitude of 1328 metres.
Eight national parks are located in Lapland's vast area. They are valuable and conserved natural attractions where the richness of nature is emphasised. The most famous waters are Lake Inari and the longest river of Finland, Kemijoki.
The seasons in the northern climate are clearly distinguishable from each other. Nature is living and changing according to the seasons, which in turn increases possibilities for recreation and activities.
The province of Lapland includes 21 municipalities which form six sub-regions. The area has approximately 183,500 inhabitants which is 3.5 % of the entire population of Finland. The cities of Rovaniemi, Kemi and Tornio have the most inhabitants. Approximately 7,000 Sámi live in Finland with approximately 4,000 living in the municipalities of Enontekiö, Inari and Utsjoki and the northern part of Sodankylä municipality. These municipalities form the current Sámi region together with the northern parts of Sweden and Norway and the Kola Peninsula.
Reindeer husbandry and forestry are livelihoods that employ the most in Lapland, in addition to the service branches of the public sector. In Kemi-Tornio area, forestry and the metal industry are strong, which has significant effects on the whole region of Lapland. In the private sector, in particular tourism, along with its supplementary services, is a constantly growing and important livelihood, especially in remote areas.
The Lappish culture is presented in many museums and exhibitions. Arktikum, the provincial museum of Lapland, the Sámi museum Siida, the Art Museum Aine and many others present Lappish art and cultural traditions in a high quality manner. Theatres, libraries and the representatives of different fields of art also all bring their own significant contribution to Lappish cultural knowledge.