Tietoa Rovaniemestä

Information about Rovaniemi

In the embrace of two great rivers, Ounasjoki and Kemijoki, a growing city strong in international trade, administration and education has taken form. Rovaniemi has always been a gateway to Lapland, and it served as the administrative centre of the Province of Lapland since 1938. Rovaniemi received city status in 1960. Later, the city and rural municipality were joined to form the new City of Rovaniemi in 2006.

Thanks to its location, Rovaniemi has grown naturally into the capital of Lapland with a pulse of its own that is suitably calming yet rousing – it is the beating heart of Lapland. Here, you can enjoy eight staggeringly different and equally beautiful seasons. At its best, nature is a source of strength and inspiration. Residents of Rovaniemi are urban people with a positive Laplandish spirit.
The city centre is surrounded by a vibrant countryside with numerous villages. This rural aspect is also a very natural and characteristic trait of Rovaniemi. Forests, mires, meadows, fields and small lakes form an image of Lapland and Rovaniemi, whose appearance and nature change with the seasons creating new kinds of atmospheres.

Within ten kilometres of the city centre, you can find undisturbed nature and a busy international airport. The colours of Rovaniemi speak to Finland and Europe about a northern and Arctic culture and people that are perfectly adapted to nature.

General information

General information
Area and population
• 16th most populous city in Finland
• Population density 31 December 2012
- Central area 85.7 residents/land km2
- Entire city 7.94 residents/land km2
• Portion of working age people of the population 65.4%
• Households 31 December 2011 28,994

Helsinki 815 km
Oulu 207 km

Population by area 31 December 2012
Rovaniemi 60,877
Rovaniemi centre 52,393
Sodankyläntie 711
Ounasjoki 2,227
Alakemijoki 2,914
Ranuantie 612
Yläkemijoki 1,491
Others 529

Inhabitants on 31 December 2012: 60,877
• Women 31,239, men 29,638
• Population increase +240
• Excess of births +182
• Net migration between municipalities -182
• Net immigration +239
• Foreigners 1,424, about 2.3% of the population

Financial statement 2012:
Tax income €1,000: 208,114
- Tax income €/resident 3,419
Annual contribution margin €1,000 -1,252
- Annual contribution margin €/resident -21
- Annual contribution margin % of depreciation -21
Loan portfolio €1,000 74,074
- Loans €/resident 1,217
- Corporate loans €/resident 2,200
Investments, net €1,000 16,261
- €/resident 267
Tax rate 2016 21

Decision-making and municipal administration

Rovaniemi City Council

Centre Party 19
National Coalition Party 12
True Finns 9
Social Democratic Party of Finland 8
Left Alliance 7
Green League 3
Christian Democrats 1
Total 59

Rovaniemi City Board

Centre Party 4
National Coalition Party 2
Social Democratic Party of Finland 2
True Finns 2
Left Alliance 1
Total 11


Lower comprehensive schools 18
Upper comprehensive schools 2
Joint comprehensive schools 5
Total pupils 5,769
Upper secondary schools 3, pupils 1,050
Rovaniemi School of Visual Arts, students 180
Lapland Music School/Rovaniemi, students 393

- University of Lapland 2012
• Students 6,325
• 4,905 degree students
Source: University of Lapland

Rovaniemi joint municipal authority for education 2009
• Total number of students 7,910
• Basic vocational education 3,027
• Other vocational education 1,004
• Higher education 3,192
• Apprenticeship training 687
Source: Rovaniemi joint municipal authority for education


Jobs 2010

• Primary production 2.5%
• Processing 14.2%
• Private services 38.4%
• Public services 39.2%

Other services 4.5%
• Unknown 1.2%

Population according to primary activity on 31 December 2014

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Rovaniemi CityinfoFinnish | English

Tourist information

Rovaniemi Tourist Information provides the latest information on what to do in Rovaniemi and what events to take part in. Among other things, the office offers Rovaniemi brochures, maps, timetables and event information.

Rovaniemi Tourist Information
Sampokeskus, Lordi’s Square
Maakuntakatu 29–31
96200 Rovaniemi
Tel. 016 346 270 or 040 829 0676
Fax 016 3424 650

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Traffic in FinlandFinnish | Swedish | English


Local buses run in the Rovaniemi area.

Timetables, fares and line maps are most easily available on the Matkahuolto website in Finnish, Swedish and English.

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Trip Planner

City of Rovaniemi

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Local traffic in RovaniemiFinnish


Taxi Rovaniemi offers taxi services in the Rovaniemi area 24 hours a day. You can get a taxi by telephone or at a taxi rank where available taxis wait for passengers. You can pay the fare in cash or with a debit or credit card.

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Taxi RovaniemiFinnish | English

Driving and parking

Most parking spaces in the city centre are subject to a parking fee. The parking fee is €1.40/1 h for all such places. There are 73 ticket machines for paying the parking fee. The machine prints out a parking slip, which you place in a prominent location inside the windscreen such that it is fully readable from the outside. A parking slip bought from the ticket machine entitles you to park in all paid parking spaces in the city centre (street-side, street square and parking area meter spaces), provided that there is paid time left on the parking slip.

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City of Rovaniemi



Cycling is a great way to move around Rovaniemi. The city has a number of path and road networks suitable for cycling. One of the most popular cycling routes among city residents is the route across three bridges.

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Rovaniemi map serviceFinnish | Swedish | English

Traffic links

Several regional and long-distance buses run from Rovaniemi Bus Station under the Matkahuolto services.

Rovaniemi Railway Station provides VR rail links to all available locations in Finland several times a day.

Frequent flights to Helsinki and other domestic and foreign locations are available at Rovaniemi Airport.

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Matkahuolto VR Rovaniemi Airport


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Cultures and religions in Finland

Decision-making and public engagement


The highest decision-making body of the city is the City Council. The City Council has practical control over the development of the city with regard to the use of financial power. It decides on the basics of finances and funding, such as the tax rate and general grounds for payments, and sets qualitative and operational goals for the administrative branches.

The City Board carries the responsibility for the city’s administration and finances, prepares matters for decision by the City Council, and ensures the implementation and legality of the council’s decisions. The City Board represents the municipality, using the right of action of the city and performing various legal acts on its behalf.

The highest-ranking officials in the City of Rovaniemi are the mayor and two deputy mayors.

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Public engagement

Municipal residents can influence local matters by voting in the municipal election, which is held every four years. In addition, municipal residents have the opportunity to submit initiatives, respond to surveys, take part in discussions and give feedback to officials.

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