A report into options for a rail link from Finnish Lapland to the Arctic Ocean has been published by Finland's Ministry of Transport & Communications. This concludes that a 465km route from Rovanierni via Sodankyla to Kirkenes in Norway would be the best option. Transport Minister Anne Berner said the proposed line would provide an alternative to the Baltic Sea which has historically been the country's dominant trade route. Five routes to coastal towns in Norway or Murmansk in Russia were studied. Berner cautioned that while the route selected jointly with Norwegian officials was the most realistic, it would require further study by a joint working group which is to report by the end of the year.
Railway Gazette, Apr. 2018. p.8.