urban area in Pajala Municipality, Sweden

Pajala is a small town in Tornedalen in the province of Norrbotten in Norrland, Sweden, by the Finnish border.

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Pajala features in a novel Popular Music from Vittula (Swedish: Populärmusik från Vittula) by Mikael Niemi and the film Popular Music based on the novel. It is a story of growing up in rural Sweden during the early 1960s.

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  • 1 Pajala Airport (PJA IATA). A small regional airport serving the town. The only regular connection is with Luleå. The two daily flights are timed with the flight coming from Stockholm.    

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There are also buses from Luleå and Gällivare, for example, which cost much less than the plane. The road distance from Luleå is 215 km.

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Kolari is across the border river Torne älv, 30 km from Pajala centre, with overnight rail services part of the year to southern Finland.

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Map of Pajala

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The sundial in the centre is the biggest sundial in the world. There you can read the history on a board.

  • 1 Laestadiusmuseet, Laestadiusvägen 38, +46 978-75880. Museum dedicated to Lars Levi Laestadius who founded the Laestadian pietist revival movement in the mid-19th century.
  • 2 Jupukka - One of the points on the world heritage listed Struve Geodetic Arc. Follow the highway 99 north of Pajala for a couple kilometers, it will pass near the Jupukka, a hill with an altitude of 277 m ASL, and the middle point of Jupukka Nature reserve. There's a signposted smaller road off the highway to a parking area from where there is a steep path up to the summit.

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