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Ski Resort Levi, in Kittilä
Ski Resort Levi, in Kittilä
Coat of arms of Kittilä
Coat of arms
Location of Kittilä in Finland
Location of Kittilä in Finland
Country Finland
Region Lapland
Sub-region Fell Lapland sub-region
Charter 1854
 • Total 8,263.15 km2 (3,190.42 sq mi)
 • Land 8,094.96 km2 (3,125.48 sq mi)
 • Water 168.19 km2 (64.94 sq mi)
Area rank 4th largest in Finland
 • Total 6,315
 • Rank 159th largest in Finland
 • Density 0.78/km2 (2.0/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)

Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort. It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Kittilä was established 1854 by , however, the earliest settlement of the area was long before.

The ski resort Levi is situated in Kittilä on Levi Fell, (elevation 531 metres (1742 feet). The resort hosts a slalom (alpine skiing and alpine snowboarding discipline, involving skiing between poles or gates), event early each season on the Alpine World Cup circuit. It also offers both downhill and cross-country skiing to the public, as well as snow shoeing.

There is Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park in the west where you can also go hiking or cross-country skiing on your own. Lemmenjoki National Park is in the north, and also a good spot for activities.

A large coal mine is located in Kittilä. It is owned by the Canadian mining company: Agnico-Eagle. They have leased the mine until 2044. There is also a copper mine in Kittilä.

It was announced that Agnico-Eagle Mines will start a new gold mine in Kittilä. Once completed, it will be the biggest gold mine in Europe. Experts say that the deposits hold at least three million ounces of gold, by current market price worth 1.8 billion U.S. dollars. The mine is expected to produce an average of 150,000 ounces of gold annually for at least 13 years.

Kittilä Airport is served by Blue1, Finnair, Norwegian Air, and Finncomm Airlines. Thomson Airways also serves the airport from various UK bases as part of their programme of ski flights, as well as Christmas specials. Thomas Cook Airlines also fly to Kittilä Airport from Bristol and Gatwick Airport between November to April every year.

Kittilä is also famous for being the location of the lowest recorded temperature in Finnish history: −51.5 °C (−60.7 °F), measured in January 1999 in Pokka.

Kittilä has a subarctic climate as a result of its northerly location and being far inland, which renders strong seasonal shifts. The sun does not set between 30 May and 15 July (47 days), and white nights lasts from early May to early August. The period that the sun does not rise lasts from 14 December to 29 December (16 days).

Although winter temperatures are cold they are still less severe than in similar locations elsewhere in the world due to some Gulf Stream influence. In summer temperatures generally are moderate, although warm days are possible.

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