Kemi ( ) is a town and municipality of Finland.
located very near of the city of Tornio.
was founded in 1869 by royal decree, because of its proximity to a
deep water harbour.
located in the province of
town has a population of( ) and covers an area of ofwhichis water.
The population density
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).
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 with a different
architecture). The snowcastle is usually located at the inner
harbour of Kemi.
The Crown of Finland (made for Finland's king but then never used)
is kept in a museum in Kemi.
It's also the homeland of the Power Metal band Sonata Arctica
WWII Hostage Crisis
Second World War, 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 Germans 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.
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
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
Finnish national road 4
European routes E8
run through the town.
Airport is located north of Kemi city centre.
Image:Kemi Church.JPG|Kemi Church, May 2007Image:Meripuistokatu
Kemi 2006 03 05.JPG|Meripuistokatu street with the Kemi City Hall
in the backgroundImage:LumiLinna.jpg|Kemi Snow Castle