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Location Finland, Lapin lääni
Central coordinates 23o 59.00' East  66o 2.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C2
Area 660 ha
Altitude 21 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A 1-km-wide, quiet, lake-like section of the Tornio river, near its mouth.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1996  1,150 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Karunginjärvi - FI1301913 Birds Directive 688 protected area overlaps with site 563  
Tornionjoen-Muonionjoen vesistöalue - FI1301912 Habitats Directive 32,000 protected area overlaps with site 527  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  95%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting 100%
unknown 90%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karunginjärvi lake. Downloaded from on 18/09/2014

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