The area of Lapland is very big, more than twice the size of Switzerland and as big as Hungary. There are more reindeer than people in Lapland. Sweden, Norway and Russia are Lapland’s neighbours.
Rovaniemi became the administrative centre of the former Province of Lapland (1938-2009) - nowadays same area known as Lapland's current province. Rovaniemi covers a very large area of 8,016 km2, nearly one fourth of Switzerland and almost as big as Cyprus.
The former State Provincial Office of Lapland, nowadays Regional State Admistrative Agency — designed by architect Vilho Olavi (Olli) Saijonmaa — is an officially protected building. After the Second World War, the building, which was completed in 1947, functioned as a vibrant and diverse cultural centre, hosting a large number of art exhibitions, jumble sales and all kinds of bigger events.
The Regional State Administrative Agency