Location of Muonio in Finland
|Sub-region||Fell Lapland sub-region|
|• Municipal manager||Aulikki Heinonen|
|• Total||2,038.15 km2 (786.93 sq mi)|
|• Land||1,904.24 km2 (735.23 sq mi)|
|• Water||133.91 km2 (51.70 sq mi)|
|Area rank||41st largest in Finland|
|• Rank||275th largest in Finland|
|• Density||1.24/km2 (3.2/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||97.1% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||15.6%|
|• 15 to 64||65%|
|• 65 or older||19.4%|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Municipal tax rate||20.5%|
The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi (Lapland) province. The municipality has a population of 2,369 (31 January 2014) and covers an area of 2,038.15 square kilometres (786.93 sq mi) of which 133.91 km2 (51.70 sq mi) is water. The population density is 1.24 inhabitants per square kilometre (3.2 /sq mi). The next closest Finnish municipalities are Enontekiö, Kittilä, and Kolari; and to the west is Sweden's Pajala. On the south side of town, a road bridge crosses the Muonio River, linking Muonio to northern Norrbotten County, Sweden. Muonio is good base for exploring the many things to do in the area and is on the E8 highway which goes north to Kilpisjärvi.
Muonio is known as the municipality with the longest snow season in Finland. For that reason its vocational college has a top ski class that attracts aspiring cross-country ski champions from all over Finland.
The municipality is unilingually Finnish, unlike many towns on the Finland-Sweden border.
The villages in Muonio include Ylimuonio, Kangosjärvi, Kätkäsuvanto, Kihlanki, and Särkijärvi.
Results of the Finnish parliamentary election, 2011 in Muonio:
- Centre Party 27.5%
- National Coalition Party 23.2%
- True Finns 16.4%
- Social Democratic Party 15.9%
- Left Alliance 9.8%
- Green League 3.0%
- Christian Democrats 2.4%
- Swedish People's Party 1.5%
- Other parties 0.3%
- "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 31.1.2014" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
- "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.
- "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.
- "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "New regional administration model abolishes provinces in 2010". Helsingin Sanomat International Edition. Sanoma Corporation. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
Media related to Muonio at Wikimedia Commons
- Municipality of Muonio – Official website
- Information on Muonio's ski resorts and the Lapland super pass