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Global Warming could mean financial meltdown for Santa's Village

ROVANIEMI, Finland (NBC News) - A whole industry has grown up around the famous Santa Claus Village in Finland's Lapland region, but it may be under threat from global warming.

Every day during the busy Christmas season, thousands of people visit the Santa Claus Village in the Arctic Circle. They meet with Santa, ride snowmobiles or dog sleds and purchase traditional Lapland crafts and goods. 

The half million visitors who travel to Rovaniemi every year have become a vital part of Lapland's economy. But with winters growing warmer, the snow that visitors expect to see is no longer a certainty. Eventually, that could take a big bite out of the business.

"If the warming continues as rapidly as it has done in the past five years, we may have some problems," said Tour Director Rami Korhonen. 
 

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