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  Snow no-show in Santa Claus town
Updated 09 December 2003, 09.32
There's no snow in Lapland
Santa Claus and his helpers are dreaming of a white Christmas in the town of Rovaniemi in Lapland.

The place attracts loads of visitors at this time of year because it's usually covered in a blanket of snow - giving it a magical atmosphere.

This year, the snow hasn't arrived yet. Visitors are being taken 300km out of town in search of the white stuff.

But Santa doesn't seen too worried. "I'm sure there will be plenty of snow before Christmas," he told the BBC.

Santa reckons the snow will arrive soon
Santa reckons the snow will arrive soon

"The weather varies every year - sometimes it comes earlier, sometimes a little later.

"I'm sure there will be snow and that it will be no problem for me to get around."

Weather experts say Rovaniemi - which is on the Arctic Circle in Finland - hasn't been this warm in December for more than 60 years.

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