If you like the extraordinary Jokkmokk is something for you! Keen on some examples?
Jokkmokk municipality is as large as the whole country of Slovenia or half of the Netherlands. While the Netherlands have 17 million inhabitants, Jokkmokk has 5000. Most of them live in the central village Jokkmokk, but when time allows many spend their spare time in a cottage which is very likely in a more lonely spot with no or only a few neighbours!
The World Heritage Laponia is a magnificent wilderness with high mountains, valleys and wetlands. It is one of the last and unquestionably the largest example of an area of a traditional migrating lifestyle. Every summer, the Saami lead their huge herds of reindeer towards the mountains and then back again to the lowlands in autumn.
On the first weekend in February, every year since 1605, the Jokkmokk Winter Market is held. The market stalls are outdoor, in any weather. And here I mean any – often, temperatures go down to -30C or even lower!
Last but not least: Jokkmokk produce 40 times more energy than the people of Jokkmokk use. This is due to the large number of hydro power plants which give on average 12,5 TWh electricity a year.
Source for pictures:
Rapa Valley & Skierfe: Silva Herrmann
People Historical Market in Jokkmokk By Ökologix at German Wikipedia – Self-photographed, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26031764
Akkats Hydro Power By DXR – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41615604
Landscape By W. Bulach (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Reindeer: By Vojife, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57907156
Sarek snow smoke Image from Swedish wikipedia, Snörök i Sarek påsktid 2002. Fotograf: sv:Användare:Pellaj, februari 2004.