Lonely Planet Writer

Santa Claus files for bankruptcy in Finland

The office of Santa Claus Village near Rovaniemi, Finland, has filed for bankruptcy after failing to pay a €200,000 tax bill.

Santa Claus Village, Finland.
Santa Claus Village, Finland. Image by Timo Newton-Syms / CC BY-SA 2.0

The attraction in Finnish Lapland, which claims to be the official home of Father Christmas, typically welcomes around 300,000 visitors each year, but recently it has seen a decline in tourist numbers, especially from recession-hit Russia. But Jarmo Kariniemis, Managing Director of Santa Claus Village owner Dianordia, remains optimistic, saying, “We will take care of it. We have already collected half of the sum.” Read more: dailymail.co.uk