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Country  Finland
Sub-region  Kemi–Tornio sub-region
Elevation  4 m (13 ft)
Local time  Sunday 1:45 AM
Region  Lapland
Charter  1869
Founded  1869
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Area rank  300th largest in Finland
Weather  -9°C, Wind SW at 21 km/h, 93% Humidity
University  Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences
Clubs and Teams  Palloseura Kemi Kings, Merilappi United
Points of interest  Kemijoki, Bothnian Bay National, Kemin Jalokivigalleria, Kemi Church

Kemi tornio city finland

Kemi (Northern Sami: Giepma) is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located very near the city of Tornio. It was founded in 1869 by decree of Russian Emperor Alexander II because of its proximity to a deep water harbour.


Map of Kemi, Finland

Kemi is situated by the Bothnian Bay, at the mouth of river Kemijoki, and it is part of Lapland region. The town has a population of 21,766 (31 March 2016) and covers an area of 95.38 square kilometres (36.83 sq mi) of which 652.1 km2 (251.8 sq mi) is water. The population density is 228.3 inhabitants per square kilometre (591/sq mi).

The main economic activity in Kemi is centred on two large paper and woodpulp mills and on the only chromium mine in Europe (which supplies the Outokumpu ferrochrome plant in Tornio). A polytechnic university of applied sciences is also situated in Kemi.

Kemi also has a claim to fame as the home of the world's largest snow castle (reconstructed every year to a different design). The snowcastle is usually located at the inner harbour of Kemi.

A model of The Crown of Finland (the original was never made for the King of Finland) is kept in the town's gemstone gallery. It also houses replicas of the Imperial State Crown of Great Britain, the Sceptre of the Czar of Russia, the Orbs of Denmark and the diamond necklace of Marie Antoinette, among other items.

Kemi is also the hometown of the power metal band Sonata Arctica.

Breathtaking snow restaurant lumilinna snowcastle in kemi finland

World War II hostage crisis

During World War II, after Finland signed the Moscow Armistice and found itself involved in the Lapland War with its former German ally, German forces in the beginning of October 1944 captured 132 Finnish civilian hostages from Kemi (as well as 130 from Rovaniemi) and threatened to kill them unless the Finnish army released German POWs captured at the Battle of Tornio. However, the Finns refused to comply and threatened to retaliate by killing the German POWs. The hostages were released unharmed on October 11, 1944, near Rovaniemi.


  • Kemi church
  • The SnowCastle of Kemi
  • Kemi Gemstone Gallery
  • Icebreaker Sampo
  • The sailship Jähti
  • Politics

    Results of the Finnish parliamentary election, 2011 in Kemi:

  • Left Alliance 28.0%
  • True Finns 21.8%
  • Social Democratic Party 18.9%
  • Centre Party 14.1%
  • National Coalition Party 10.7%
  • Green League 3.3%
  • Christian Democrats 1.5%
  • Other parties 1.7%
  • Economics

    In April 2007, the city of Kemi laid off all of its municipal workers for 2 weeks due to the failing economy of the city. Spiraling specialist health care costs and a fleeting industry tax base are stated as the cause for the vote. These are the most drastic temporary dismissals to take place in Finland since 2000.


    Kemi railway station is an intermediate station on the railway between Lapland and Helsinki. It is operated by VR. The junction of the Kolari and Rovaniemi lines lies to the north of Kemi station.

    Finnish national road 4 and European routes E8 and E75 run through the town.

    Kemi-Tornio Airport is located 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) north of Kemi city centre.

    Twin towns – Sister cities

    Kemi is twinned with:

  • Tromsø (Norway), since 1940
  • Volgograd (Russia), since 1953
  • Liptovský Mikuláš (Slovakia)
  • Newtownards (United Kingdom)
  • Székesfehérvár (Hungary)
  • Luleå (Sweden)
  • Notable residents

  • Juhani Paasivirta (1919 – 1993), historian
  • Ensio Seppänen (1924 – 2008) sculptor, professor
  • References

    Kemi Wikipedia

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