Muonion kunta

Muonio Church

Coat of arms

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
Region Lapland
Sub-region Fell Lapland sub-region
Charter 1868
  Municipal manager Aulikki Heinonen
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
  Total 2,038.15 km2 (786.93 sq mi)
  Land 1,904.24 km2 (735.23 sq mi)
  Water 133.91 km2 (51.70 sq mi)
Area rank 41st largest in Finland
Population (2016-03-31)[2]
  Total 2,362
  Rank 275th largest in Finland
  Density 1.24/km2 (3.2/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
  Finnish 97.1% (official)
  Swedish 0.6%
  Sami 0.2%
  Others 2.2%
Population by age[4]
  0 to 14 15.6%
  15 to 64 65%
  65 or older 19.4%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20.5%

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 2,362 (31 March 2016)[2] and covers an area of 2,038.15 square kilometres (786.93 sq mi) of which 133.91 km2 (51.70 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 1.24 inhabitants per square kilometre (3.2/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 villages in Muonio include Ylimuonio, Kangosjärvi, Kätkäsuvanto, Kihlanki, and Särkijärvi.


Results of the Finnish parliamentary election, 2011 in Muonio:


  1. 1 2 "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  2. 1 2 "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, maaliskuu.2016" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  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. Retrieved 1 January 2010.

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