Muonio

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Muonio
Municipality
Muonion kunta
Muonio kommun
Muonio Church
Coat of arms of Muonio
Coat of arms
Location of Muonio in Finland
Location of Muonio in Finland
Coordinates: 67°57.5′N 023°41′E / 67.9583°N 23.683°E / 67.9583; 23.683Coordinates: 67°57.5′N 023°41′E / 67.9583°N 23.683°E / 67.9583; 23.683
Country Finland
RegionLapland
Sub-regionFell Lapland sub-region
Charter1868
Government
 • Municipal managerAulikki Heinonen
Area (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total2,039.97 km2 (787.64 sq mi)
 • Land1,904.24 km2 (735.23 sq mi)
 • Water133.91 km2 (51.70 sq mi)
Area rank31st largest in Finland
Population (2018-08-31)[2]
 • Total2,294
 • Rank253rd largest in Finland
 • Density1.2/km2 (3/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish97.1% (official)
 • Swedish0.6%
 • Sami0.2%
 • Others2.2%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 1415.6%
 • 15 to 6465%
 • 65 or older19.4%
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]20.5%
Websitewww.muonio.fi

Muonio (previously called Muonionniska, Northern Sami: Muoná) is a municipality of Finland.

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.[6] The municipality has a population of 2,294 (31 August 2018)[2] and covers an area of 2,039.97 square kilometres (787.64 sq mi) of which 133.91 km2 (51.70 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 1.2 inhabitants per square kilometre (3.1/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 "midnight sun" is above the horizon from 27 May to 17 July (52 days), and the period with continuous daylight lasts a bit longer, polar night from 10 December to 2 January (24 days).

Villages[edit]

The villages in Muonio include Ylimuonio, Kangosjärvi, Kätkäsuvanto, Kihlanki, and Särkijärvi.

Politics[edit]

Results of the Finnish parliamentary election, 2011 in Muonio:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Ennakkoväkiluku kuukausittain sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, elokuu 2018" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  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. ^ "New regional administration model abolishes provinces in 2010". Helsingin Sanomat International Edition. Sanoma Corporation. 31 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2010.

External links[edit]

Media related to Muonio at Wikimedia Commons