Centre of Savukoski.
Location of Savukoski in Finland
|Sub-region||Eastern Lapland sub-region|
|• Municipal manager||Mauri Aarrevaara|
|• Total||6,495.95 km2 (2,508.10 sq mi)|
|• Land||6,438.11 km2 (2,485.77 sq mi)|
|• Water||57.93 km2 (22.37 sq mi)|
|Area rank||6th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||298th largest in Finland|
|• Density||0.16/km2 (0.4/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||99.5% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||11.3%|
|• 15 to 64||64.6%|
|• 65 or older||24.1%|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
|Municipal tax rate||20.25%|
It is located in the province of Lapland, Finland. The municipality has a population of 1,035 (31 August 2017) and covers an area of 6,495.95 square kilometres (2,508.10 sq mi) of which 57.93 km2 (22.37 sq mi) is water. The population density is 0.16 inhabitants per square kilometre (0.41/sq mi). Neighbour municipalities are Pelkosenniemi, Salla and Sodankylä.
The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
According to Finnish Folklore, the Korvatunturi Fell in Savukoski municipality is the location of Father Christmas's (Joulupukki) secret workshop, where toys, trinkets and gifts are made and eventually wrapped by gnomes. The name Korvatunturi translates into English as "Ear Fell". Finnish children are told that from "Ear Fell" Father Christmas can hear what all the children are saying so he can find out if the children behave and obey their parents (and therefore may receive gifts next Christmas).
Savukoski is one of the largest municipalities in Finland, areawise, and the most sparsely settled. The river Kemijoki runs through it. Forestry and reindeer husbandry have traditionally been the main livelihood of the local population. There are ten times more reindeer than people in Savukoski. Nowadays tourism is also getting more important.
The Urho Kekkonen National Park is also located partly in Savukoski.
- Seitajärvi, a former community in Savukoski
- "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, elokuu 2017" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "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.
- Robbins, Danny. "Meeting Father Christmas". Danny Robbins’ Indie Travel Guide. BBC. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
Media related to Savukoski at Wikimedia Commons
- Municipality of Savukoski – Official website
- Korvatunturi – Ear Mountain
- Savukoski – The Home of Father Christmas
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