Welcome to HaparandaTornio – an International Meeting Place!
The border towns of Haparanda and Tornio have today grown into one single unit – HaparandaTornio. It means we can offer you twice the range of goods, culture, entertainment, education, and more. Since IKEA and several other large chain stores have chosen to establish here, HaparandaTornio has evolved into a vibrant commercial centre, visited by millions of people annually. There is also a Swedish-Finnish border culture, ripened through centuries with sauna, fishing traditions, smuggling and multilingualism. This border region has also been witness of wars and many other dramatic events through the years. Traces of history can still be seen, like the Orthodox Church, trading houses, museums and a manifold of monuments.
The border itself has a special magic. As with the Swedish and Finnish time zones: on the local golf course, you can hit a ball over the border - and it will land an hour earlier because of the time difference!
There are also great opportunities for recreation outside the city centres. You can find peace and tranquility in the beautiful Torne Valley, full of traditional culture, or enjoy nature in the unique archipelago. Stop a day or two and explore the new meeting place in the North!
A warm welcome to HaparandaTornio!