Övertorneå Municipality ( Swedish: , Övertorneå kommun Meänkieli: , Matarengi Finnish: ; sometimes also referred to as Ylitornion kunta Matarengin kunta by northern Finnish press to avoid confusion with the similarly named Finnish municipality Ylitornio) is a municipality in Norrbotten County in northern Sweden, bordering Finland. Its seat is located in Övertorneå.
Finnish War (1808–1809) Övertorneå and the Finnish Ylitornio were a single municipality. Following the war, the eastern part of the municipality was ceded to Russia as a part of Finland. In 1870 a minor part of Övertorneå Municipality was split off, forming the rural municipality Korpilombolo (now part of Pajala Municipality). In 1969 Övertorneå and Hietaniemi municipalities were merged, forming the present municipality.
Many places in the municipality have both a Swedish and a Finnish name, in the local
dialect of Finnish known as Meänkieli, one of the minority languages of Sweden.
Localities [ edit ]
There are four
localities (or urban areas) in Övertorneå Municipality: [3 ]
The municipal seat in bold
Smaller localities [ edit ]
There are nine smaller localities in Övertorneå Municipality:
Two old wooden
churches in Övertorneå and Hedenäset. The church in Övertorneå has an organ from the 17th century.
Juoksengi is intersected by the
Arctic Circle and is known as the "Arctic Circle Village" ( Polcirkelbyn).
References [ edit ]
^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" ( Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden . Retrieved 2014-04-18.
^ "SCB, Befolkningsstatistik 31 December 2013" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden . Retrieved April 2014.
^ Statistics Sweden as of December 31, 2005
^ Statistics Sweden as of December 31, 2005 (Swedish)
External links [ edit ]
Coordinates: 66°23′N 23°40′E / 66.383°N 23.667°E