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Sodankylä is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland, Finland and lies at the Northern end of Finnish national road 5. The municipality has a population of and covers an area of of which is water. The population density is {{Infobox Finnish municipality/population densitySodankylä. Neighbour municipalities are Inari, Kemijärvi, Kittilä, Pelkosenniemi, Rovaniemi and Savukoski.The municipality has two official languages: Finnish and Northern Sami.Since 1986 Sodankylä has been home to the Midnight Sun Film Festival.The Jaeger Brigade of the Finnish Army is located in Sodankylä.Although Sodankylä and also Soađegilli translate to 'Village of War', the etymology of the name is from a surname rather than the word 'war'.One of EISCAT's scientific radar receiver stations is located outside Sodankylä, at the site of the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory. The urban area around the observatory is known as Tähtelä, which translates as "Place of Stars", although the observatory does not look at stars.
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