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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
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 2013 20.50

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

Chairperson of the City Council
Heikki Autto, National Coalition Party
First Deputy Chairperson Liisa Ansala, Centre Party
Second Deputy Chairperson Kalervo Björkbacka, True Finns
Third Deputy Chairperson Reijo Sulasalmi, Social Democratic Party of Finland

Chairpersons of the City Board
Chairperson of the City Board Sakari Trög, Centre Party
First Deputy Chairperson Maarit Airaksinen
Second Deputy Chairperson Mikko Rapo

City administration
The Mayor of Rovaniemi Esko Lotvonen
Production of Services, Deputy Mayor Matti Ansala
Technical Division, Deputy Mayor Martti Anttila

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 2011

Entire population 60,637
Labour 29,018
Employed people 25,529
Unemployed people 3,489
People outside the workforce 31,619
People 0-14 of age 10,271
Students, pupils 6,128
Pensioners 13,237
Conscripts in military and civil service 231
Other people outside the workforce 1,752

Employment rate 2011 62.1%
(calculated from 15-64-year-olds)
Unemployment rate 13.0%
Portion of working age people 67.4%
Portion of labour 47.9%
State taxable income 2010 €23,507/resident

Jobs 2010
State 3,294
Municipality 6,858
State-owned enterprise 998
Private sector 12,058
Entrepreneurs 2,048
Total jobs 25,256