Savukosken kunta

Centre of Savukoski.

Coat of arms

Location of Savukoski in Finland
Coordinates: 67°17.5′N 028°10′E / 67.2917°N 28.167°E / 67.2917; 28.167Coordinates: 67°17.5′N 028°10′E / 67.2917°N 28.167°E / 67.2917; 28.167
Country Finland
Region Lapland
Sub-region Eastern Lapland sub-region
Charter 1916
  Municipal manager Mauri Aarrevaara
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
  Total 6,496.04 km2 (2,508.14 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
Population (2016-03-31)[2]
  Total 1,054
  Rank 320th largest in Finland
  Density 0.16/km2 (0.4/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
  Finnish 99.5% (official)
  Swedish 0.2%
  Sami 0.1%
  Others 0.2%
Population by age[4]
  0 to 14 11.3%
  15 to 64 64.6%
  65 or older 24.1%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20.25%

Savukoski (Inari Sami: Suovâkuoškâ, Northern Sami: Suovvaguoika) is a municipality of Finland.

It is located in the province of Lapland, Finland. The municipality has a population of 1,054 (31 March 2016)[2] and covers an area of 6,496.04 square kilometres (2,508.14 sq mi) of which 57.93 km2 (22.37 sq mi) is water.[1] 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.[6] 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.

See also


  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. Robbins, Danny. "Meeting Father Christmas". Danny Robbins’ Indie Travel Guide. BBC. Retrieved 23 June 2013.

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