Reindeer in the summer
Photo by: Lapland Material Bank, Anna-Leena Jänkälä

Savukoski – A developing wilderness municipality

Savukoski is a developing wilderness municipality in Eastern Lapland and the most scarcely populated area in Finland.

Savukoski’s greatest asset is its beautiful, clean and resource-rich nature. One-third of the area of the municipality consists of nature conservation areas, the best-known of which is surely the Urho Kekkonen National Park, which spreads into the neighboring municipalities. In the municipality, near the Russian border, is also the Korvatunturi fell, the home of Santa Claus.

In addition to nature tourism, services and primary production, such as reindeer husbandry, are key business sectors in the municipality.

If realized, the Sokli phosphate ore mine planned in the municipality area has been estimated to create around 2,000 jobs and plenty of subcontracting opportunities. Implementing the mine project requires developing the infrastructure of the area, as the ore would be transported by roads on trucks for further processing.

Savukoski focuses on year-round tourism. In the future, business opportunities can be found in developing nature and wilderness experiences for the snow free time of the year.

Facts

  • Population 1 020
  • Number of businesses 90 
  • Turnover of businesses in total 31 million euros

Contact

  • Municipality of Savukoski
  • Mayor Antti Mulari
  • antti.mulari@savukoski.fi, +358 (0)40 839 4330
  • www.korvatunturi.fi