Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, is an international city at the point where the rivers Kemijoki and Ounasjoki meet. It is a university city, the commercial centre for the area and a city of sport and culture. Rovaniemi consists also of dozens of village centres that are spread out along both sides of the Arctic Circle along the banks of two of the largest rivers in Finland - the Rivers Kemijoki and Ounasjoki. Its largest centre is the village of Saarenkylä with a population of about 8,500.

Ranua is the most southern municipality in Lapland. It is famous for its zoo and cloudberry marshes. The city of Rovaniemi and Ranua commune together form the Rovaniemi area.


Rovaniemi appr. 62 000
Ranua commune appr. 4 000
Total appr. 66 000

Land area

Rovaniemi 8 016 km²
Ranua commune 3 696 km²
Total 11 712 km²