"Happiness," revealed "Santa Claus," the multilingual actor who sits on a red velvet armchair and lends an ear to all those who form a beeline to see him in an office lined with bookshelves and a mural of the map of the world in Rovaniemi
. "Happiness is what is asked most of me, and that is what I wish for all peoples of the world," he said, as I took my place beside him for a coveted three minutes of a childhood relived.
VISIT AN adminstrative centre for the region and with a history stretching back to the Stone Age Rovaniemi
is also considered the official home town of Santa Claus and is home to the Santa Claus Village, an amusement park and visitor attraction at the Arctic Circle.
boasts a SantaPark, Santa's post office (where 700,000 letters from 150 countries addressed simply to Santa are delivered) and more grottoes than any child could wish for.
is said to be the home of Father Christmas, and thousands of tourists visit the area during December to meet him and to enjoy the snowy surroundings.
By the riverside in Rovaniemi
, an ice stairway leads you up and into the cube, which is open to the sky (framing the aurora borealis in the right conditions), It is made of 500 cubic metres of ice.
The dairy would close its operations after 29 August 2003, and as a result five employees would be made redundant, five would retire, three would be transferred to other locations within the group and six would temporarily continue to work in a dispatch centre in Rovaniemi
will apparently become the base for a network of routes that is also to include Bodo and Tromso in Norway, but the airlines are still at an early stage of the planning, reported NRK Nyheter.
The dairy in Rovaniemi
would be closed in August 2003 and approximately 16 employees would be dismissed but six employees would have new positions at Valio and six employees would have the possibility to retire.
The late flight from Helsinki to Oulu and Rovaniemi
had to turn back as it was not possible to land.
The city of Rovaniemi
, Finland has awarded contracts for school bus services.