Arctic Valley

Welcome to Arctic Valley

Population of Arctic Valley

Arctic Valley has 103 500 inhabitants, 82% of whom live in the city. The population of Arctic Valley is increasing and internationalizing at an accelerating pace.

Average age is about 43 years

Men 52% Women 48%

Finnish-speaking 96.8%, Swedish 0.1% and other 3.1%

An increase of 625 people per year because of immigration and internal migration.

Approximately 65% of the population has at least secondary education.



About 4,900 companies in total, 8% of which are international.
Active and developing business
Almost 49,500 jobs
Tax rate 20,5 %



The main sources of livelihood in Arctic Valley are industry and tourism, which employ most of the residents. There are two major industrial companies in the Arctic Valley, Napatehdas (a metal producer) and Napakelkka (a motor vehicle manufacturer). Arctic Valley is known worldwide as Santa’s astonishing city due to its proximity to the Arctic Circle and its brand.


Facts Arctic Valley
Population (as.) 103 500
Population density (as/km²) 24,8
Area km² 4 747
Community tax (%) 20,5
Connections Airport Finavia
Railway station VR
Port of Ajos



Services in Arctic Valley include the area’s central hospital, police station and rescue department. The municipality of Arctic Valley also provides other basic services such as libraries, schools, cultural services, social services, employment and business services.

A wide variety of stores and services can be found in the Arctic Valley. There are hundreds of companies in different sectors in the Arctic Valley and there is plenty of room for growth. Despite tough competition, Arctic Valley is a city of opportunities for entrepreneurs.



The infrastructure of Arctic Valley is built around the E4 highway, so the location is logistically excellent. This allows the city to have smooth traffic between the main roads and prevents traffic jam. The city has a railway station, an airport and the only deep-water harbor in Lapland.


Distances to other cities in Finland

Arctic Valley – Oulu 207 km
Arctic Valley – Oivalla 490 km
Arctic Valley – Kykylaakso 680 km
Arctic Valley – Helsinki 832 km
Arctic Valley – Turku 827 km
Arctic Valley – Nuorgam 495 km



The Arctic Valley offers diverse tourism opportunities every season:
– A winter wonderland accompanied by snow and northern lights.
– Visitors arriving in the Arctic Valley during the spring season sees the nature of Lapland come alive as well as the mighty forces of nature upon the departure of the ice.
-In the summer you will experience a unique nightless night and midsummer.
-Autumn is a magical time when nature brings out the glorious colors of falling leaves.

The tourist attraction is centered around Santa Claus, so the number of visitors reaches its peak during Christmas season. The offer of summer tourism in the Arctic Valley has gradually been diversified.

Arctic Valley and its four seasons interest tourists from all over the world. In the winter time the northern lights and snow delight especially foreign tourists. In the spring travelers are amazed by the snow and the sun and may see the ice melting from Ruskajoki that crosses Arctic Valley. In the summer tourists enjoy the wonders of the midnight sun and in the Fall they are mesmerized by the changing colors of the trees and the arctic landscape.

Santa Claus is one of the main attractions for the tourists and brings in tens of thousands tourist every winter. Especially Christmas time is busy in Arctic Valley. Entrepreneurs in Arctic Valley work hard to bring in more tourists in the summer time and to keep and develop Arctic Valleys reputations as one of the most popular tourism destinations of Finland.



Map of Arctic Valley