Kemijoki

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Kemijoki

(kĕ`mēyôkē), longest river of Finland, c.345 mi (560 km) long, rising near Sokosti peak, NE Finland. It flows generally SW to Kemijärvi lake, then W into the Gulf of Bothnia at KemiKemi
, city (1996 pop. 24,633), Lapland prov., W central Finland, on the Gulf of Bothnia at the mouth of the Kemijoki River. An old trading post, it was chartered in 1869. Kemi is a port and has large sawmills and pulp mills and a power station.
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. With its many tributaries, the Kemijoki drains most of N Finland. It is an important logging route.

Kemijoki

 

a river in Finland. Length, 550 km; basin area, approximately 52,000 sq km. Its sources are in the southern slopes of the Mansel’kia Ridge, near the frontier between Finland and the USSR. It flows primarily through low-lying hills and a hilly plain. It passes through Kemijärvi (Lake Kemi) and flows into the Gulf of Bothnia of the Baltic Sea. In the spring there is flooding as a result of the seasonal melting of snow. In the autumn the rains cause flash flooding. During the winter the water level is low. The mean annual flow rate at the mouth is 515 cu m per sec. The river freezes in November and thaws in May. Timber is floated on the Kemijoki, and there is fishing. A hydroelectric power plant is located on the river. In its lower course the river is navigable. The cities Kemijärvi and Rovaniemi are situated on the river; the seaport of Kemi is located near its mouth.

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