Santa's Home In Finland
Where in the world does Santa Claus live?
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If your answer was the "North Pole," it might be time to re-think that idea.
Lapland was first mentioned as Santa's home on a 1927 Finnish children's radio show, when
the host told his audience that Father Christmas lived on Korvatunturi mountain, just outside
Lapland's capital of Rovaniemi.  Since "korvatunturi" translates to "ear," the host explained
that, from this place, Father Christmas could hear whether the children were behaving well.
In fact, you're very welcome to visit Santa any time, in what many consider to be his
true home, on the Arctic Circle's border in Lapland, Finland.  Mrs. Claus will serve you
cocoa, the elves will give you a tour of the workshop and you can read some of the
letters Santa receives each holiday season from hopeful children all around the world.
The legend grew from there and was given a boost in the 1980's, when BBC's "Search for
Santa" acknowledged Rovaniemi's "Santa Claus Village" as Father Christmas' true home.
The photos on this page are from Lapland, Finland.  The pictures in the top section were
taken in "Santa Claus Village," just outside of Rovaniemi.  I'm indebted to Carol, a Friday's
Journal subscriber who lives in Finland, for suggesting a page about this magical village.
Is it Santa's home?  At first, I had my doubts, but now, I'm definitely a believer!
:-)   -- Nancy
Mail from more than 200 countries pours into the Santa Claus Village post office -- 15.5
million letters since 1985.  Santa and the office elves attempt to answer every letter.
Christmas House in Santa Claus Village
Above & below, Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, near Saariselka, Lapland, where -- if the timing is
right -- you can view an amazing Aurora Borealis display through the glass dome of your igloo.
Lapland attracts many tourists because of the high number of Aurora
Borealis displays -- as many as 200 a year.  The photos in this section
(as well as, the two below them) were all taken in Lapland.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors make the trek to Santa Claus Village every
year to put in a special, in-person request for the items on their Christmas list.
Northern Lights