Pajala is a small town in Tornedalen in the province of Norrbotten in Norrland, Sweden, by the Finnish border.

Pajala features in a novel Popular Music from Vittula (Swedish: Populärmusik från Vittula) by Mikael Niemi and the film Popular Music based on the novel. It is a story of growing up in rural Sweden during early 1960's.

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Pajala Airport is a small regional airport serving the town. The only regular connection is with Luleå, flown by Avies. The two daily flights are timed with the flight coming from Stockholm.

There are also buses from Luleå and Gällivare, for example, which cost much less than the plane. The road distance from Luleå is 215 km.

Kolari is across the border river Torne älv, 30 km from Pajala centre, with overnight rail services part of the year to southern Finland.


The sundial in the centre is the biggest sundial in the world. There you can read the history on a board.


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