University of Lapland
Lapin yliopisto
MottoFor the North – For the World
RectorAntti Syväjärvi
Administrative staff
Turquoise and grey

The University of Lapland (Finnish: Lapin yliopisto, Swedish: Lapplands universitet) is a public university in Rovaniemi, Finland. It was established in 1979 and is the northernmost university in the European Union.

Around 4,000 undergraduate students and 500 doctoral students study at the university.[1] Most of the university's students come from southern part of Finland or from abroad. The university is ranked internationally at 2570th place.[2]

The University of Lapland focuses on art and design, law, social sciences, and northern and Arctic issues. The university's strategic focus areas are Arctic global responsibility, sustainable tourism, and management of future services and distances. The university is a member of the international network University of the Arctic and hosts the organisation's international secretariat.

The university collaborates with universities and organisations around the world to promote research, education, and cultural exchange.[3] The number of employees at Lapland University is 642, of which 46 are professors. Lapland University's budget for 2018 was approximately €50 million.[4]


The university has four faculties:

Studies can be conducted on a bachelor's, master's, and doctorate level in Finnish, with opportunity for study in English at the master's and doctorate level. There are also study opportunities for Sámi culture and language.[5]


The University of Lapland focuses its research on changes in the northern climate and other forms of arctic research such as responsible tourism and sustainability. [6]

The university's faculty of law also studies the rights and issues of the Finnish minority group Sámi.

The strategic choices deal with

In addition to faculties, there is the Arctic Centre that conducts multidisciplinary research in changes in the Arctic region, and communicates Arctic issues via Arktikum Science Centre and science communications.[7]


Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "Tietoa meistä | Lapin yliopisto". Uni of Lapland (in Finnish). Retrieved 2023-01-29.
  2. ^ "University of Lapland | Ranking & Review". Retrieved 2023-03-23.
  3. ^ "Strategia | Lapin korkeakoulukonserni | Lapin yliopisto". Uni of Lapland (in Finnish). Retrieved 2023-03-23.
  4. ^ "Tutustu meihin: Lapin yliopisto, kansainvälinen tiede- ja taideyliopisto". Uni of Lapland (in Finnish). Retrieved 2023-03-23.
  5. ^ "Saame | Kielikeskus | Lapin yliopisto". Uni of Lapland (in Finnish). Retrieved 2023-01-29.
  6. ^ "Research". Uni of Lapland. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  7. ^ "About Us". Uni of Lapland. Retrieved 2023-01-31.