|• Total||2.69 km2 (1.04 sq mi)|
|Elevation||71 m (233 ft)|
(31 December 2010)
|• Density||713/km2 (1,850/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code||(+46) 92|
It is located at the shore of the Torne River, opposite to their Finnish twin town Ylitornio. Övertorneå means "Upper Torneå", based on a division of the Torneå parish in two parts in the 16th century. Until the border between Sweden and Finland was drawn at the Torne River in 1809, the two villages on both sides of the river were one. From 1809 till 1917, this represented the Swedish border to Russia.
Övertorneå railway station
A view from Aavasaksa, across the border river.
The following sports clubs are located in Övertorneå:
- Mathilda Fogman (1835-1921), a Swedish and Finnish midwife, was an influential spiritual leader within Laestadianism in Övertorneå.
- Brita Klemetintytär (1621-1700) lived in Övertorneå, where she followed in her father's footsteps and served as postmaster.
- "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- Suomen kansallisbiografia (National Biography of Finland)
- Pohls, Maritta. "Brita Klemetintytär (noin 1621 - 1700)". Biografiakeskus. National Library of Finland. Retrieved 31 October 2013.