Talk:Rovaniemi

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Thanks to whoever fine tuned my clumsy additions here. I have only been a visitor to Rovaniemi - but I fell in love with it - a great city. Hope you get the EU Captial in 2011.

Finnish: 35,158
foreigners: 497
total: 34,930

The figures don't add up. bogdan ʤjuʃkə | Talk 17:20, 1 May 2005 (UTC)

The population section needs revision in any case, since after the two municipalities merged, Rovaniemi now has more than 55 000 citizens, not 35-thousand-something. We should find some current statistics for a rewrite, though. -- Matti Nuortio, Oulu, Finland

Roavenjárga VS Roavvenjárga[edit]

If Roavenjárga is the North Sámi name for Rovaniemi, then what does that make of Roavvenjárga? I know it's definitely not the Skolt Sámi name because it's very widely used, e.g. it's the name on Finnish road atlases. Can anyone shed some light on this? --TonyM キタ━( °∀° )━ッ!! 18:01, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

There are two variants of the name of Rovaniemi in the Northern Sami language: Roavenjárga and Roavvenjárga. --Hippophaë 18:15, 11 December 2006 (UTC)

Great Arctic Highway[edit]

What is the "Great Arctic Highway"? A google search leads back to this page, or copies of it. The only other mention is passing reference to a never-written book about music. ~IMP

I have lived in Finland for 27 years, 8 of which in Rovaniemi, and never heard about that. Furthermore, there are no highways (if that means valtatie in Finnish) at all beginning in Rovaniemi, only one that runs through it (number 4). --Oami 16:59, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

Minimum temperature[edit]

The figure of –51.7 °C (–61.1 °F) is certainly wrong, since the record for the whole of Finland stands at –51.5 °C (–60.7 °F). Prior to the unification with the rural municipality of Rovaniemi the record stood at –47.5 °C (–53.5 °F), recorded on January 28, 1999.

BTW, I took a plunge into the snow straight from the sauna that day: from +70 °C (+158 °F) to –45 °C (–49 °F) in a matter of seconds wet and butt-naked :)

And yeah, this is my home town. Anshelm '77

The record lowest temperature for the entire Finland is of course only a few fractions of a Kelvin, measured in Otaniemi, Espoo. JIP | Talk 19:06, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Santa Claus?[edit]

Hi. According to this site, there is a Santa Claus village in this town. So, should it be included? Does that count as a reliable source for this? Thanks. ~AH1(TCU) 01:58, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

River names[edit]

"Joki" in Finnish means "river", so Kemijoki and Ounasjoki should probably be Kemi River and Ounas River in English. I'm not going to change them since I don't know what the Wikipedia standard is for names like this. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 85.156.244.19 (talk) 09:46, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

Biggish[edit]

How can it be one of the vastest cities in the world, yet ranking but 5th most extensive in Finland? It must be at least 5th in the world, assuming no other country uses "city" like a Finn. Maybe the Finnish word doesn't even mean city, which I thought meant a population center of 100,000, sans forest. Regarding it and the included forests as something other than "city", it ain't so big. Maybe it's the English which is so slippery, translating regions as cities, but only in Finland. Is it only a city because somebody said it is? Unfree (talk) 02:17, 24 December 2009 (UTC)

Yes, every city and municipality in Finland can choose what to call itself. When the city and the surrounding municipality merged in 2006, they decided to keep calling Rovaniemi a city. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 84.251.157.233 (talk) 03:34, 3 January 2010 (UTC)