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Nordic Countries squabble over Santa Claus. As Santa prepares for his annual around-the-world journey with a present-stocked sleigh, many tourists will begin arriving at Saint Nicholas' home in Lapland. But where is Santa from? 503 charter planes are scheduled to bring passengers to Lapland in Finland in December this year. Whilst this is a peak time for tourists in Lapland, with a yearly turnover of around $230 million, not everyone believes that Santa is based in Rovaniemi – the Finnish town which has been dubbed as the official hometown of Santa Claus.

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Nordic Countries squabble over Santa Claus

Published on Monday, 19th December, 2016 at 20:05 under the columns category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

As Santa prepares for his annual around-the-world journey with a present-stocked sleigh, many tourists will begin arriving at Saint Nicholas' home in Lapland. But where is Santa from?

Reindeer and Santa
Reindeer and Santa
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503 charter planes are scheduled to bring passengers to Lapland in Finland in December this year.

Whilst this is a peak time for tourists in Lapland, with a yearly turnover of around $230 million, not everyone believes that Santa is based in Rovaniemi – the Finnish town which has been dubbed as the official hometown of Santa Claus.

There is disagreement among the five Nordic Countries about Santa’s origins, however.

Korvatunturi (Ear Mountain) in the northern wilderness of the Finnish part of Lapland is the mythical place from where he comes, Finnish schoolchildren know.

Santa is from the small town of Mora, say Swedes, it is on Greenland for the Danes, and Icelanders talk of the Yule Lads instead of Santa.

According to the official website of eastern Norway’s Drøbak in Akershus County, however, Santa was born under a rock in Vindfangerbukta in Drøbak more than several hundred years ago.

The town’s biggest attraction is the Christmas House (Julehuset) located next to the town square. Santa’s Post Office (Julenissens Postkontor), next to the house, is 35km (almost 22 miles) south of Oslo. It receives letters from children around the world. 

“[The] Post Office gets letters from children in Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and Italy,” says helper, Eva Irene Johansen to Aftenposten.

Drøbak’s popularity has reached Japan too. Children there are sometimes asked to write letters and send them to the Post Office, which even has its own address and official stamp.

Which Nordic country has been good this year?




Published on Monday, 19th December, 2016 at 20:05 under the columns category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: santaclaus, christmas, presents, parties, festivities, yuletide, paywall.





  
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