Swedish Lapland: The destination.

Swedish Lapland is the northern part of Sweden and represents about a quarter of the total of Sweden. The biggest city is Luleå with approx 74 000 inhabitants. Luleå is followed by Piteå, approx 50 km south of Luleå and Skellefteå, 140 km south of Luleå.

The biggest airport is situated in Luleå. There are also airports in Skellefteå, Kiruna and Arvidsjaur.

Luleå

In this context, Luleå is a metropolitan with its 74 000 inhabitants. The City is bubbling with life in both summer and winter and offers a rich variety of cultural, sports, entertainment, food and nature. The vast archipelago comprises 1312 islands and can be visited all year round. The Church village of Gammelstad is listed as a Unesco World Heritage. Today it's the world's largest and best preserved church village with more than 400 church cottages formed around northern Sweden's largest medieval church. In Luleå you also find the biggest airport in the region.

Area: 2 110 km²    Population: 73 950    Inhabitants /km²: 35,0

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Piteå

Piteå has put its mark on the map as a tourist city. Odd adventures and fun experiences awaits here. Perhaps a trip with the world's only privately owned ice-breaker? You will find all the shopping you need along Sweden's first pedestrian street. Out at Pite Havsbad, the famous 5 km long sandy beach you often find the country's highest bath temperatures.

Area: 3 112 km²    Population: 40 860    Inhabitants /km²: 13,1

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Skellefteå

Right by the outlet of the Skellefteå river lies Skellefteå, "the gold city", who got its name from the huge concentration of minerals in the area. In fact, this is one of the world's richest areas when it comes to minerals. Here you will always be close to entertainment, festivals, events and nature. The area bustles with places worth visiting, such as the park area Nordanå where culture meets nature in the form of cafe, playgrounds, art galleries, museum, stores and theater.

Area: 10 032 km²    Population: 71 641    Inhabitants /km²: 10,5

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Kiruna

Right Above the world's largest underground iron ore mine lies Kiruna, Sweden's northernmost city. The ancient landscape offers six unregulated rivers and 6 200 lakes. In the summer you can go skiing in Riksgränsen, only 1 hour drive north from Kiruna. You can also play golf under the midnight sun. During the winter a visit to the world famous Jukkasjärvi Icehotel is more or less mandatory, but also the summer offers a lot to see and experience in the small village of Jukkasjärvi.

Area: 19 371 km²    Population: 22 969    Inhabitants /km²: 1,2

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Gällivare

At the root of the skiing hub Dundret, Gällivare is nestled close to the mining community Malmberget. Besides mining, tourism is the largest business sector in the scenic community. National Parks as Stora Sjöfallet, Sarek, Padjelanta and Muddus are all situated within the area Laponia, which in 1996 was added to the World Heritage list.

Area: 15 825 km²    Population: 18 533    Inhabitants /km²: 1,2

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Jokkmokk

On the fabled Arctic Circle balances Jokkmokk, Sweden's second largest municipality. Jokkmokk has for a long time been a major gathering place for the indigenous people of Lapland, the Sami. For the past 400 years, the winter market of Jokkmokk has been the obvious meeting point and folk festival in the resort. In Jokkmokk you also find Ájtte Museum– the Sami centre. Here, the story of Sápmi, the land and the people, of life and survival in a demanding climate and environment will be told. It is a story set in the wetlands, forests and mountains.

Area: 17 735 km²    Population: 5 210    Inhabitants /km²: 0,3

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Haparanda

Slowly but surely, the border town of Haparanda is growing together with its Finnish neighbour Tornio. The two towns have taken many steps in its effort to blur the border line and it is now a unique international meeting point and trading center. The only real things dividing HaparandaTornio is the one hour time difference and the mighty Torne River.

Area: 927 km²    Population: 10 112    Inhabitants /km²: 10,9

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Boden

The town of Boden started as a railway junction where the Northern Line (Norra stambanan, opened 1894) met with the Ore Line (Malmbanan) from the rich iron ore fields in northern Sweden. The town experienced increased growth when the Boden Fortress was constructed in the beginning of the 20th century. The purpose of the fortress was to defend Sweden from a possible attack from the east, where Russia was considered the most dangerous threat.

Area: 4043 km²    Population: 27 471    Inhabitants /km²: 6,8

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Kalix

The scenic city of Kalix is beautifully situated at the estuary of the pristine Kalix River. It's in this water the wild salmon swims that produce "Kalix Löjrom" (roe), also known as the gold of the sea. This Delicatessen is so unique that it will be origin protected by the European Union. The charming dialect spoken here is known throughout Sweden for its slow thoughtfulness.

Area: 1 815 km²    Population: 16 926    Inhabitants /km²: 9,3

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Arjeplog

With its 8 727 lakes and rivers Arjeplog is Sweden's richest municipal when it comes to water. That means 2.5 Lakes and 3km beach per person. This is also where many of the world's largest automakers will come for winter testing. But whether you are a car tester, hiker, fishermen or hunter, Arjeplog offers magnificent natural surroundings.

Area: 12 804 km²    Population: 3 143    Inhabitants /km²: 0,2

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Älvsbyn

The mighty roars of Storforsen can be heard from great distance. Just outside the community of Älvsbyn lie Europe's highest untamed rapids. People travel here for exciting family adventures, lovely recreational opportunities and well-planned conferences. With the vast expansions, the rich fishing waters, mountains and wildwood, the rapids represents beautiful contrast to the quiet surroundings. The white frothy water enchants and the sound will overwhelm you.

Area: 1 713 km²    Population: 8 387    Inhabitants /km²: 4,9

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Arvidsjaur

Arvidsjaur lies right in the middle of the Eight Season region. The name "Arvidsjaur" is Sami and means "The generous lake". Visitors flock here to experience everything from dog sledding, fishing, ice racing and moose safaris. Right in the middle of the vast nature the Reivo reservoir is embedded. Sweden's largest forest sanctuary has 10 000 hectares of forest, mountains, trails, game fishing and picnic areas.

Area: 5 699 km²    Population: 6 222    Inhabitants /km²: 1,2

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