Salla international border
Photo by: Jonne Vaahtera

Salla – Vitality in the wilderness

In Salla, internationality is part of everyday life and creates business opportunities. This is ensured by tourism and a location by a border crossing.

Logistically, Salla is in a good location on the eastern border of the EU, next to Russia. The road through the bustling border-crossing leads to both the Murmansk area and St. Petersburg.  The nearest airports are located in Kuusamo and Rovaniemi, and the railway brings people 60 km away to Kemijärvi.

Salla is an international tourist destination in the middle of nowhere. Clean nature and the peace and quiet of Europe’s largest wilderness are important assets, and in addition to the growing Salla fell tourist center, tourists are drawn in by the Oulanka National Park and the Tuntsa Wilderness Area. Almost 140,000 overnight stays are registered annually, one-third of which are by international tourists.

Operators in the municipality focus on the sustainability of tourism and ecological solutions, as growing tourism also strengthens Salla’s agriculture, forestry and reindeer husbandry, as well as the natural products industry. Accommodation investments and tourism businesses have excellent opportunities in Salla.

Salla is no stranger to international co-operation, and the area has robust know-how related to Russia and good networks especially for tourism and logistics. The approximately one million people living in the Kola area provide a potential market in Salla for business and investments.

Salla Ruuhitunturi

Nature, a logistical location by the Russian border, the Salla spirit of genuineness and persistence and internationality. These are our sources of vitality and business opportunities.

Erkki Parkkinen, Municipality of Salla


  • Population 3 490
  • Number of businesses 270 
  • Turnover of businesses in total 63 million euros


  • Municipality of Salla
  • Mayor Erkki Parkkinen
  •, +358 (0)400 393 987