Kittilä

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Kittilä
Municipality
Kittilän kunta
Ski Resort Levi, in Kittilä
Ski Resort Levi, in Kittilä
Coat of arms of Kittilä
Coat of arms
Location of Kittilä in Finland
Location of Kittilä in Finland
Coordinates: 67°39′N 024°54.5′E / 67.650°N 24.9083°E / 67.650; 24.9083Coordinates: 67°39′N 024°54.5′E / 67.650°N 24.9083°E / 67.650; 24.9083
Country Finland
Region Lapland
Sub-region Fell Lapland sub-region
Charter 1854
Government
 • Municipality manager Seppo Maula
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 8,262.67 km2 (3,190.23 sq mi)
 • Land 8,093.96 km2 (3,125.10 sq mi)
 • Water 168.71 km2 (65.14 sq mi)
Area rank 4th largest in Finland
Population (2014-01-31)[2]
 • Total 6,315
 • Rank 160th largest in Finland
 • Density 0.78/km2 (2.0/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 98% (official)
 • Swedish 0.3%
 • Sami 0.1%
 • Others 1.6%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 15.8%
 • 15 to 64 66%
 • 65 or older 18.2%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19%
Website www.kittila.fi

Kittilä (Inari Sami: Kittâl, Northern Sami: Gihttel) is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.

It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the area of the former Lappi province. The municipality has a population of 6,315 (31 January 2014)[2] and covers an area of 8,262.67 square kilometres (3,190.23 sq mi) of which 168.71 km2 (65.14 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 0.78 inhabitants per square kilometre (2.0 /sq mi).

The ski resort Levi is situated in Kittilä on Levi Fell (in Finnish "Levitunturi") (elevation 531 metres (1742 feet)). The resort hosts a slalom event early each season on the Alpine World Cup circuit and offers both downhill and cross-country skiing to the public, as well as snow shoeing, including to the next nearest fell, Kätkätunturi, located west of Levitunturi. Kätkätunturi is 504.6 metres (1,656 ft) high and 7 kilometres (4 mi) long.

On 5 June 2006, it was announced that a Canadian mining corporation Agnico-Eagle Mines will start a new gold mine in Kittilä. Once completed, it will be the biggest gold mine in Europe. Experts say that the deposits hold at least three million ounces of pure gold, by current market price worth 1.8 billion U.S.dollars. The mine is expected to produce an average of 150,000 ounces of gold annually for at least 13 years.

Kittilä Airport is served by Blue1, Finnair & Finncomm Airlines. Thomson Airways and Monarch Airlines also serve the airport from various UK bases as part of their programme of ski flights, as well as Christmas specials and flights in support of the When You Wish Upon A Star children's foundation. Thomas Cook Airlines also fly to Kittilä Airport from Bristol & Gatwick Airport between November to April every year.

Kittilä is also famous for being the location of the lowest recorded temperature in Finnish history: −51.5 °C (−60.7 °F), measured in January 1999 in Pokka.

Famous people from Kittilä[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 31.1.2014" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Population according to language and the number of foreigners and land area km2 by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 29 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "Population according to age and gender by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Einari Junttila
  7. ^ Reijo Raekallio

External links[edit]

Media related to Kittilä at Wikimedia Commons