Pello in Finland

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Arctic circle in Juoksenki © panoramio.com - dr.eros/cc-by-3.0

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Pello (formerly Turtola) is a municipality of Finland. It is located approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of the Arctic Circle in the western part of the province of Lapland, and is part of the Lapland region. The municipality is on the national border with Sweden, by the Tornionjoki river. The municipality has a population of 3,260 (30 September 2023) and covers an area of 1,864.66 square kilometres (719.95 sq mi) of which 126.12 km² (48.70 sq mi) is water. The population density is 1.88 inhabitants per square kilometre (4.9/sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish, according to the legal definition in Finland. Konttajärvi is in this municipality.

Tornionjoki river on the border between Sweden and Finland © Arto Alanenpää/cc-by-sa-4.0 Vihreä Pysäkki shopping centre © Estormiz Miekojärvi as seen from Pieskänjupukka in Pello © Mpasula/cc-by-3.0 Pello Church © Estormiz Arctic circle in Juoksenki © panoramio.com - dr.eros/cc-by-3.0 Pörröporo café, restaurant and local food store © Estormiz
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Tornionjoki river on the border between Sweden and Finland © Arto Alanenpää/cc-by-sa-4.0
The name of Pello is ultimately derived from the word pelto, field; which may have been the original name of the village. The weak grade stem of pelto is pello- (e.g. pellon – genitive case form of pelto), through which the name was corrupted to its current form. The name of Turtola refers to a male name Turto, a Finnish form of the Scandinavian name Tord.

During the Late Middle Ages and the 16th century, Pello was the northernmost Finnish village in the Tornio Valley. It was a part of the Tornio parish until 1606, when said parish was divided into Alatornio and Ylitornio, from which the latter included Turtola and Pello.

After Russia conquered Finland in 1809, Ylitornio was split into two parts. The villages of Pello and Turtola were also split, which is why there is a Pello and a Turtola (Svanstein) in Sweden. The northern parts of Ylitornio became a separate parish and municipality in 1867, called Turtola after its most significant village at the time. The village of Pello later surpassed Turtola, thus the municipality was renamed to Pello in 1949.

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