This year, it may not matter whether you were naughty or nice. Finland’s Santa Claus Office, a place where visitors and children alike come from all over the world to visit the beloved jolly St. Nick, has gone belly-up due to unpaid taxes. The Santa Claus Office, part of the Santa Claus Village, offers year-round activities to its guests, including pictures with Santa, husky sled races, snowmobile parks, and a reindeer farm. Over 3,000 tourists from over 100 different nations visit the Arctic Circle each year, however, with recession-hit countries and declining visits to the village, the company was unable to maintain its usual numbers. The oldest of three Rovaniemi companies, The Santa Clause Office has recently declared bankruptcy for a delinquent tax bill in excess of $220,000. With just a week left to raise the cash, managing director, Jarmo Kariniemi stated, “We will take care of it. We have already collected half of the sum. There is no way the village would be left without Santa Claus. The activities will continue one way or another.”
Let’s all hope for a Christmas Miracle (or a good tax lawyer)!