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Rovaniemi is the commercial and cultural center in Finland’s northernmost landscape, Lapland. The city, which also houses the University of Lapland, has 59,353 inhabitants (2008). Although Rovaniemi has been a church since the Middle Ages, did not the city trading rights until 1960. It had indeed long been urban settlement on the site, but most buildings were burned by the Germans in 1944.
After 2 World War II was a new town, situated where the rivers Kemijoki and Ounasjoki meet, designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976). He is also responsible for several of the city’s public buildings: City Hall (City Hall), City Library and Lappiahuset (Which houses the theater).The most monumental building in Rovaniemi is NOK However, cultural and congress center arcticum, built in 1992 designed by a Danish architect firm.
Rovaniemi is otherwise known as Santa’s hometown. The entire two elf land (amusement parks with gnome-theme): Santa Park and Santa Claus’ Village – both located just north of the river Kemijoki.A half million visitors come here every year just to visit Santa Claus (jultomten / joulupukki).
Also ski Ounasvaara just outside town is an attraction that draws many tourists in winter.