Kataja

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Kataja
Inakari
Kataja-en.svg
Geography
Location Baltic Sea
Area 0.71 km2 (0.27 sq mi)
Length 2 km (1.2 mi)
Width 0.35 km (0.217 mi)
Country
Region Lapland
County Norrbotten County
Demographics
Population 0

Kataja, the easternmost point of Sweden, is an islet south of Haparanda in Norrbotten. It is part of the Haparanda archipelago. The islet has an area of 0.71 square kilometres (0.27 sq mi). It is about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) long and 200 to 500 metres (660 to 1,640 ft) wide.

The name "Kataja" is Finnish for juniper. The island is divided between Sweden and Finland. The border was established in 1809 between two islands, a larger Swedish one called Kataja and a smaller Finnish one called Inakari. In the years since then post-glacial rebound has caused the land in the region to rise relative to sea level, joining the two islands. The border now crosses the southeastern part of the combined island, and is marked by two national cairns. Kataja's beaches are mostly boulders with some sand. The eastern peninsula is covered in deciduous trees such as rowan, alder and willow, while the remainder is covered by coniferous trees.[1]

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  • "Kataja". bottenviken.se. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 

Coordinates: 65°42′04″N 24°09′59″E / 65.70105°N 24.16630°E / 65.70105; 24.16630