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Utsjoki
UtsjokiOhcejohka
—  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
Government
 - 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%
Website www.utsjoki.fi

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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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Utsjoki [1] is a municipality in Finnish Lapland.

Utsjoki is the northernmost municipality of Finland and the European Union. It's located beside the Teno river and the border to Norway.

The bridge over the Teno/Tana river
The bridge over the Teno/Tana river

Get in

Practically, the only way to get to Utsjoki is using the roads; either driving or travelling with the bus [2]. Remember that distances are huge. One can reach Utsjoki using E 75 from the south and E 6 from Norway. E6 passes 4 km (3 mi) north of Utsjoki, on the norwegian side of the border. The second most important village is Nuorgam, some 50 km north-east from Utsjoki. Nuorgam is the very northernmost point of Finland.

See

The panorama of the Teno river.

  • Hiking in the Kevo national park [3]
  • Salomon fishing in the Teno river. Remember that you'll need a permission; fishing without a permission or not following the regulations for fishing [4] will get you fined.

Buy

People coming from the Norwegian side of the border usually head for the Alko store in Nuorgam to buy liquor, because it's far cheaper than in Norway. Tourists from elsewhere will most probably find some souvenirs more interesting.

  • Camping Lapinkylä [5] near the city centre. Tel. +358 16 677 396
  • Nuorgamin lomakeskus in Nuorgam [6] offers cottages at affordable prices.

Get out

Visit the nearby village of Tana in Norway.

Routes through Utsjoki
KirkenesTana  N noframe S  KarasjokNarvik
VardøTana  N noframe S  InariRovaniemi
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Simple English

Utsjoki is a municipality in Finland. It is part of the Lapland Province. Utsjoki is the only municipality in Finland, where most people speak Sami as their first language.

As of February 2005, there are 1,373 people living in Utsjoki. The neighboring municipalities are Inari in Finland and Karasjok, Tana and Nesseby in Norway. Nuorgam in Utsjoki is the northernmost village in Finland and European Union.

In the Northern Sami language, the municipality is known as Ohcejohka.



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