Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä

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Coordinates: 67°31′51″N 28°36′04″E / 67.53083°N 28.60111°E / 67.53083; 28.60111

Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsi-baari

Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä is a bog region in Savukoski, Lapland in Finland. The name is 35 letters long and is the longest place name in Finland, and also the second longest in Europe.[1]

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A pub in Salla was named Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsi-baari after this bog region. According to an anecdote, the owner of the pub tried two different names for it, but both had already been taken. Frustrated, he registered the pub under a name he knew no one else would be using. The pub also had the longest name of a registered commercial establishment in Finland. The bar was in practice known as Äteritsi-baari. The pub was closed in April 2006.

The etymology is not known, although the name has been confirmed as genuine. Other than jänkä "bog", "lauta" "board" and "puoli "half", it does not obviously mean anything in Finnish, and was probably never intended to be anything else than alliterative gibberish.[2]

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