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There are usually an estimated 5,000-7,000 sled dogs in Lapland during the winter season. Image: Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva
There are usually an estimated 5,000-7,000 sled dogs in Lapland during the winter season. Image: Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva - Lapland, Finland
Lapland's jobless huskies travelling to the south for work

The pandemic has hit the tourism industry hard in northern Finland, and the collapse in Lapland in particular has meant thousands of sled dogs have been out of work for the past year.

According to a survey by the Finnish Lapland Tourist Board (LME), more than 60 percent of Christmas season reservations for trips to the region were cancelled last year.

There are usually an estimated 5,000–7,000 sled dogs in Lapland during the winter season. Some holiday operators have publicly said that if the survival of their companies is at stake, and they can no longer afford to keep their dogs, and they may have to be put down.

Among those to feel the effects of the economic downturn and coronavirus restrictions are 100 huskies from Husky Park, located in Rovaniemi, Lapland.

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