Theme Week Lapland – Kemijärvi

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Lake Kemijärvi © Paasikivi/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lake Kemijärvi © Paasikivi/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kemijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located in the province of Lapland. The municipality has a population of 7,100 and covers an area of 3,930.91 square kilometres (1,517.73 sq mi) of which 425.84 km<² (164.42 sq mi) is water. The population density is 2.03 inhabitants per square kilometre (5.3/sq mi). Surrounding municipalities are Pelkosenniemi in the north, Salla in the east, Posio in the south and Rovaniemi in the west. The town is unilingually Finnish. Villages located in the area of the municipality of Kemijärvi are Halosenranta, Hyypiö, Isokylä, Joutsijärvi, Juujärvi, Kallaanvaara, Kostamo, Leväranta, Luusua, Oinas, Perävaara, Ruopsa, Räisälä, Sipovaara, Soppela, Tapionniemi, Tohmo, Ulkuniemi, Varrio and Vuostimo.

The Eastern Lapland area where Kemijärvi is situated is well known for the nearby skiing resorts Suomu, Luosto, Pyhä and Salla, as well as Ruka in Kuusamo region. The beautiful Lake Kemijärvi, next to the town of Kemijärvi, is much appreciated as a place to visit during summertime. Lake Kemijärvi is surrounded by hills and large forests. Common fish species found include pike, perch and brown trout. Also, currently Kemijärvi is the northernmost known lake in Finland with an indigenous population of zander (also known as walleye or pikeperch). River Kemijoki flows from Lake Kemijärvi to Rovaniemi and further, to the sea at Kemi. Other popular summer pastimes besides fishing are hiking, trekking, boating and hunting.

Sculpture "Arctic circle opening" at Kemijärvi © Petr Glivický Cafe Tuulenpesä at the Arctic Circle in Kemijärvi © flickr.com - Timo Newton-Syms/cc-by-sa-2.0 Centre of Kemijärvi © SeppVei Kemijärvi Church © Mikkoau/cc-by-sa-4.0 Kemijärvi Town Hall © Q0ywo/cc-by-sa-4.0 Lake Kemijärvi © Paasikivi/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Cafe Tuulenpesä at the Arctic Circle in Kemijärvi © flickr.com - Timo Newton-Syms/cc-by-sa-2.0
The first permanent settler inhabitant of Kemijärvi was Paavali Ollinpoika Halonen, who moved, from the region of Oulu, from Niskakylä, Utajärvi to Kemijärvi about 1580. His wife was Anna Laurintytär Halonen and their children were Paavo, Olli and Pekka Halonen. Paavali’s place of residence is known today as Halosenranta. As the first settlers moved to Kemijärvi, the area was no longer inhabited exclusively by the Sámi people, but Ämmänvaara in the area of the municipality is an ancient sacrificial place of Samis.

The railway reached Kemijärvi in 1934. It was extended north to Salla and what is now Russia during World War II, though the line is currently moribund beyond Kemijärvi. Kemijärvi railway station has passenger train service to Rovaniemi, Oulu and Helsinki. The direct overnight train service between Kemijärvi and Helsinki was controversially withdrawn in September 2006, with VR (Finnish Railways) stating that its new sleeping car trains could not operate with the diesel locomotives needed for the (then) non-electrified railway north of Rovaniemi.

However, a year later, the Ministry of Transport and Communications and VR reached an agreement concerning partial public funding of the service, which was restored in 2008 with a diesel generator car supplying head-end power to the passenger cars. The generator car disappeared from the train in March 2014 when the electrification extension from Rovaniemi to Kemijärvi was inaugurated, an event which also assured Kemijärvi a permanent place in the VR network.

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