Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland and a northern growth center that offers business opportunities in various industries.
Rovaniemi is centrally located for Arctic cooperation and is within easy reach. Flights from Helsinki take just over an hour, and there are several flights daily. Due to the high tourist demand, there are also direct flights to Rovaniemi from many large cities abroad during the winter season, and the city is also easily reached by rail.
Internationally, Rovaniemi is known for being Santa’s hometown and for its location on the Arctic Circle. Rovaniemi is the second most international tourist destination in Finland after the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, and two-thirds of the 700,000 annual overnight stays are international. The occupancy rate and average price of accommodation are clearly above the Finnish average.
Although its international reputation comes particularly from tourism, the mainstays of business in the region also include construction, industry, and logistics. The largest industrial companies in terms of turnover are BRP Finland and Lappset Group, and the largest companies also include energy and logistics companies.
The University of Lapland in Rovaniemi is the northernmost university of science and art in Europe. The university features the Arctic Centre, which is an international center of excellence in multidisciplinary research in the Arctic region. Lapland University of Applied Sciences offers studies in tourism, health care, sports and various fields of technology.
Investments are continuously being made in Rovaniemi, and there are business opportunities in many fields, especially tourism, the creative industries, ICT and technology, trade and services.
The business situation is better than ever. The prospects for international tourism and sustainable utilization of natural resources are bright. Rovaniemi’s accessibility is improving. The demand for Arctic expertise is growing. There is a lot of construction in the city, and the land use planning includes many projects that will bring significant vitality to the city.
Mayor Esko Lotvonen
- Population: 62,900
- Businesses: 3,890
- Turnover of businesses in total: €3 billion