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RIVER AND TOWN OF TORNEA IN FINLAND

RIVER AND TOWN OF TORNEA IN FINLAND
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Tornea lies on the northwest frontier of Finland, on a peninsula in the river Tornea, where it falls into the gulf of Bothnia. It has but about one thousand inhabitants. This little town, which was built by the Swedes in 1602, consists of two principal streets of wooden houses. It has a considerable trade in the exportation of stock-fish, reindeer, skins, furs, iron, planks, tar, butter, pickled salmon, &c. The climate is very severe, though less so, perhaps, than might be expected from its high latitude. In June the sun is visible, from a mountain in the neighborhood, at midnight, above the horizon.

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Sears, Robert. An Illustrated Description of the Russian Empire. New York: Robert Sears, 1855