Taking place in Pajala in the last week in September, the Römpäviiko (“romp week”) cultural festival, featuring live music and street stalls selling food and handicrafts, is undoubtedly the liveliest time to be in the village. The second weekend after midsummer is another good time to visit, when up to forty thousand people flood into town for the Pajala market, one of the biggest in northern Sweden, selling everything from chorizos to reindeer antlers.

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