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—  Municipality  —
Utsjoen kunta
Utsjoki Church and a log cabin

Coat of arms
Location of Utsjoki in Finland
Coordinates: 69°54′N 027°01′E / 69.9°N 27.017°E / 69.9; 27.017Coordinates: 69°54′N 027°01′E / 69.9°N 27.017°E / 69.9; 27.017
Country Finland
Region Lapland
Sub-region Northern Lapland
Charter 1876
 - Municipal manager Viljo Pesonen
Area (2009-01-01)[1]
 - Total 5,371.81 km2 (2,074.1 sq mi)
 - Land 5,144.29 km2 (1,986.2 sq mi)
 - Water 227.52 km2 (87.8 sq mi)
Area rank 13th largest in Finland
Population (2009-12-31)[2]
 - Total 1,304
 - Density 0.25/km2 (0.6/sq mi)
Population rank 328th largest in Finland
Population by native language [3]
 - Finnish 51.6% (official)
 - Swedish 0.2%
 - Sami 46.6% (official)
 - Others 1.7%
Population by age [4]
 - 0 to 14 13.8%
 - 15 to 64 65.8%
 - 65 or older 20.3%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20.5%

Utsjoki (Northern Sami: Ohcejohka, Inari Sami: Uccjuuhâ, Skolt Sami: Uccjokk) is a municipality in Finland. It is located in Lapland and borders Norway as well as the municipality of Inari. The municipality was founded in 1876. It has a population of 1,304 (31 December 2009)[2] and covers an area of 5,371.81 square kilometres (2,074.07 sq mi) of which 227.52 km2 (87.85 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 0.25 inhabitants per square kilometre (0.65 /sq mi).

Utsjoki has two official languages: Finnish and Northern Sami. It is the municipality in Finland with the largest portion of Sami speakers; 46.6% of the population.[3]

The border to Norway follows the river Teno which flows into the Arctic Sea. The river is a popular site for recreational fishing because it is rich in salmon. The most northern village in Finland and in the European Union is Nuorgam which is also the most northern land border crossing in the world.

Utsjoki is the northern end of highway 4, the longest highway in Finland. The European route E75 runs along the Sami Bridge further to Norway.

Between the Teno and the Utsjoki river, there is an old hotel very popular between Norwegians and Finns alike, that was build by the Finnish Tourist Association in 1959. The outside look is still the same, but the rooms have been renovated and the hotel now named Hotel Luossajohka.

The Nature reserve Kevo is located in the municipality. It covers a territory of 712 km2 (275 sq mi) and there is a 63 km (39 mi) long hiking trail. The trail partly follows the edge of the Kevo canyon.

Villages in Utsjoki

Nuorgam, Utsjoki centre, Nuvvus, Dalvadas, Outakoski, Rovisuvanto, Karigasniemi and Kaamasmukka.


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