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Before the Flood2000

The Last Couple in Vuotos

  • 2.8
Veikko and Impi Schroderus built a house in Pelkosenniemi, Finnish Lapland in the beginning of 1950's. At the time, a state-owned hydroelectric company, Kemijoki Oy, started harnessing the rivers of Lapland. When the company presented its plan to build the Vuotos reservoir, the area to be drowned was inhibited by one hundred fifty people including Veikko and Impi. Now they are alone. The fight over Vuotos reservoir has lasted over forty years. In 1982, the Finnish government decided that the reservoir wouldn't be built, but the company didn't give up. A decade later a new government decided that the company can apply Water Court for the permission to build the reservoir, and the fight was on again. Despite the long fight, Veikko and Impi haven't given up hope. They still love their home.

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