Theme Week Lapland – Kemi

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SnowCastle © Dmitry Makarov/cc-by-sa-3.0

SnowCastle © Dmitry Makarov/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located very near the city of Tornio and the Swedish border. The distance to Oulu is 105 kilometres (65 mi) to the south and to Rovaniemi is 117 kilometres (73 mi) to the northeast. It was founded in 1869 by a decree of the Emperor Alexander II of Russia because of its proximity to a deepwater port. The town has a population of 20.000 (288.5 sq mi) and covers an area of 747.28 km² (288.53 sq mi) of which 652.1 square kilometers (251.8 sq mi) are water. The population density is 209.68 inhabitants per square kilometre (543.1/sq mi). Kemi is commonly dubbed “Monaco of Finland”.

Kemi railway station is an intermediate station on the railway between Lapland and Helsinki. It is operated by VR. The junction of the Kolari and Rovaniemi lines lies to the north of Kemi station. Finnish national road 4 and European routes E8 and E75 run through the town. Kemi-Tornio Airport is located 4.5 kilometers (2.8& mi) north of Kemi city center. The Port of Kemi is a cargo port handling containerised and bulk cargo as well as oil and petrochemical products.

Gemstone Gallery © Estormiz City Hall © Lijonama80/cc-by-sa-4.0 Kemi District Museum © Estormiz Kemi seen from the top of the City Hall © Estormiz Icebreaker Sampo in Port of Kemi © Eduard47/cc-by-sa-4.0 SnowCastle © Dmitry Makarov/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Icebreaker Sampo in Port of Kemi © Eduard47/cc-by-sa-4.0
The main economic activity in Kemi is centered on two large paper and woodpulp mills and on the only chromium mine in Europe (which supplies the Outokumpu ferrochrome plant in Tornio). The Chinese company Kaidi has announced plans to build the world’s first second-generation biomass plant in Kemi, scheduled to begin operations in 2019.

Kemi has a claim to fame as the home of the world’s largest snow castle (reconstructed every year to a different design). The SnowCastle of Kemi is usually built in the inner harbor of the city. A model of The Crown of Finland (the original was never made for the King of Finland) is kept in the town’s gemstone gallery. It also houses replicas of the Imperial State Crown of Great Britain, the scepter of the Tsar of Russia, the Orbs of Denmark, and the diamond necklace of Marie Antoinette, among other items. Additional attractions include: Kemi church, Kemi Gemstone Gallery, icebreaker Sampo and the sailship Jähti.

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Read more on Kemi, VisitKemi.fi, LaplandWelcome.fi – Kemi, Lapland.fi – Kemi – Pearl of the Bothnian Sea, VisitFinland.com – Sampo Icebreaker Cruise, experience365.fi – SnowCastle Resort, Wikivoyage Kemi and Wikipedia Kemi. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.










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