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Economic development and business possibilities

Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland Province and the official hometown of Santa Claus is situated on the Arctic Circle, 800 km north of Helsinki. Rovaniemi is a well-connected business hub and University City in the fast-growing area of northern Europe.

Multibillion projects in Lapland as well as in nearby regions of Sweden, Norway and Russia offer excellent opportunities for companies based in Rovaniemi. Thanks to its international airport, railway and E75 highway, Rovaniemi is very easy to reach.

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Business Rovaniemi is the name used for the business and company services provided by the City of Rovaniemi. We assist you with placement, starting up, developing and investing in Rovaniemi

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Setting up a business


The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Lapland (ELY Centre) provides basic information on setting up a business. The ELY Centre can assist you in matters related to establishing a business. The service is confidential and the basic consultation is free-of-charge.

The three responsibility areas of the ELY Centre for Lapland are located in three facilities in Rovaniemi. The responsibility areas have a single postal address.

Director of Business Services,
Jari Uusinarkaus, tel. 010 60 27116,
mobile 040 537 1393

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Business Rovaniemi
Ainonkatu 1, 2nd floor
96200 Rovaniemi
tel. +358 16 3221 
Why Rovaniemi ?

• Attractive FDI destination with welcoming attitude

• Home town of Santa Claus located on the Arctic Circle

• Finland's most important tourism destination north of Helsinki for international visitors

• Next to vast natural resources and business opportunities in the Barents region

• International airport a 10-minute drive from the city centre

• Industrial and ICT clusters with global companies

• Creativity hot-spot for animations, films, computer games and commercials

• Modern university city with well-educated work force

• Warm business climate even when winters are arctic!