Haparanda SAO Meeting Next Week 8 November 2012 Next week 14-15 November more than 120 delegates from the Arctic Council Member States, Permanent Participants, and Working Groups will travel to Haparanda in Northern Sweden for the third Senior Arctic Officials’ meeting under the Swedish Chairmanship. Haparanda is located right on the border to Finland and demonstrates the special nature of cross-national exchange in northern Scandinavia. Transportation to the Meeting Delegates at the meeting should refer to the meeting page for the latest information regarding transportation from the Luleå and Kemi airports, as well as transport to and from the meeting venue in Haparanda during the meeting itself. Sight-Seeing of Haparanda The twin cities of HaparandaTornio have generously offered to host two guided bus tours for meeting delegates free of charge on Tuesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 15. If you will be attending the meeting and would like to join one of the tours please sign up using the link provided on the meeting page by Sunday, November 11. Weather in Haparanda Also note that winter has reached northern Sweden. The average temperature in Haparanda in November is -4.1 Celsius. The forecast for next week indicates temperatures between +4 degrees Celsius and -5 degrees Celsius with some precipitation and winds up to a fresh breeze. Daily weather forecasts can be found on the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute website. Photo: Kari45 on flickr.com Photo caption: A picture of the Torne River in wintertime seen from the Finnish side of the river.