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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.

Key Biodiversity One of the most important staging areas for Cygnus cygnus in Finland. The area is less important as a breeding ground, with only a small number of birds breeding on some herb-rich, bushy islands on the river.

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 

IBA Monitoring

2010 high favourable low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan 1150 1300 individuals 100 favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Karunginjärvi lake. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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