Haparanda Municipality


Haparanda Municipality

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capital=Haparanda
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county=Norrbotten County
province=Norrbotten
arearank=114th
area=927
areapercent=x.x
population_as_of=2005
populationrank=213th
population=10,208
populationpercent=x.x
populationdensity=11




location=65_50_N_24_08_E
locationReadable=65° 50′ N 24° 8′ E

Haparanda Municipality ("Haparanda kommun") is a Swedish municipality in Norrbotten County, in the northern part of the country. Its seat is in the town Haparanda (Finnish:"Haaparanta")

In 1967 the "City of Haparanda" was merged with the rural municipalities "Karl Gustav" and "Nedertorneå". Since 1971 Haparanda, like all other municipalities of Sweden, is a municipality of unitary type. However, it prefers to use the title "stad" (city) for the whole territory, including the non-urban parts.

Localities

* Haparanda (seat)
* Karungi
* Sekarö

Geography

In Sweden, Haparanda borders the municipalities of Övertorneå to the north and Kalix to the west.

Haparanda is located on the western side of where the Torne River discharges into the Gulf of Bothnia. On the other side of the river lies the Finnish town Tornio ("Torneå" in Swedish). Haparanda and Tornio have a treaty of twin towning, and jointly call themselves EuroCity.

Although Haparanda has a boat harbour, it is not accessible for larger vessels and is not, as often thought, the Baltic Sea's northernmost port, that honor most probably belonging to Töre further west on the Swedish coast.

See also

*Sweden Finns
*Meänkieli

External links

* [http://www.haparandatornio.com/ Haparanda - Tornio] Official Tourism Site


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