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Downtown Nellim
The wooden Skolt Sámi Orthodox Church in Nellim

Nellim (Finnish: Nellim or Nellimö, Inari Sami: Njellim, Skolt Sami: Njeäˊllem) is a village on the shore of Lake Inari in Inari, Finland that has three distinctly different cultures: Finns, the Inari Sámi and the Skolt Sámi. Nellim is approximately 42 kilometres (26 mi) northeast of Ivalo and approximately 9 kilometres (6 mi) away from the Russian border. The village has a store, a coffeeshop, a marina, an Orthodox church and a wilderness hotel. The people of Nellim claim that it is the best location in Finland to view the Northern Lights.


The main sources of livelihood in Nellim are reindeer husbandry, natural economy and tourism.

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Coordinates: 68°51′N 028°19′E / 68.850°N 28.317°E / 68.850; 28.317