# 3: Gasselterboerveenschemond, 25 letters

The Dutch settlement of Gasselterboerveenschemond lies in the province of Drenthe in the Eastern part of the Netherlands. It is a rural hamlet which is even too small to be considered a village. The geographical area "Gasselterboerveenschemond", which includes the population of the nearby countryside, is populated by only approximately 40 people.

Just one letter longer than the village Gasselternijveenschemond, which is only a few kilometres away, Gasselterboerveenschemond is the longest one-word town name in the Netherlands (Gasselterboerveenschemond / Gasselternijveenschemond - would you be able to tell the difference if you drove past the sign? The locals must be used to getting lost after reading the sign a tad too quickly!). But that's not all, folks - the Northeastern part of the Netherlands is known for having not just a few, but quite a number of extraordinarily long place names - Annerveenschekanaal, Eexterveenschekanaal, Eexterzandvoort, Gasselterboerveen or Gasselternijveen are only a few of them. Yet even though there are so many long place names, there is not one single railway station in the area. Perhaps the Dutch railway company ran out of money for train station signs when equipping this area with railway stations... 

# 2: Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä, 35 letters

Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä is a region consisting mainly of wetlands in Lapland, Finland, and the longest place name in Finland. Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä is situated in Savukoski, which is one of the largest municipalities in Finland, yet scarsely populated (population density is only 0.18 inhabitants per square kilometre). Whether the low population density is because people fled because they couldn't spell Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä or because the region is located well inside the Arctic Circle is unknown. 

In accordance with the Northern locality, legend has it that the Finnish Santa Claus, called Joulupukki, lives at the Korvatunturi Fell close to Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä. In English, Korvatunturi translates into English as "Ear Fell". From "Ear Fell", Santa can presumably hear everything that small Finnish children are saying, and thereby decide if they have been good enough to deserve presents the following Christmas. 

Image: Motopark (PD)
"Should we meet up at the bar? You know, the one called Äteri... Äteritsiput... Never mind. The one on the corner?"

But this was not, at least until 2006, the only reason to visit Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä. In the town of Salva, a hopeful pub owner had opened a pub and couldn't find a suitable name for it. He had already applied two different names for his pub, but both were already taken. What, then, was he to call his pub? He settled on a name that he knew no one else would think of using: the catcy Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsi-baari, thus earning himself ownership of the most lengthily named registered commercial establishment in Finland. But alas, the bar closed in 2006, maybe because people had trouble finding directions. 

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