Santa's homeland faces harsh winter as tourists kept away

Between November and March, Finland’s far north usually throngs with international holidaymakers who come to experience a snowy wonderland of reindeer rides, ice castles and the “real” Santa’s grotto.But despite record visitor numbers in recent years, the coronavirus shutdown will leave many of Finnish Lapland’s tourism businesses facing ruin this winter.Many fear that government moves to ease travel restrictions in the Nordic country will not go far enough to offset the damage.”We’ll be bankrupt after December if we don’t get any bookings,” tour operator Sini Jin told AFP from Rovaniemi, an A…

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