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The Tärendö River (Swedish: Tärendö älv, Meänkieli: Täränönväylä), is a small distributary river to the Kalix River in Norrbotten, Sweden. It is the second largest bifurcation in the world (second only to the Casiquiare canal, South America).[2]

Tärendö River
Täränönväylä, Norrbotten.jpg
Tärendö river in late-October 2011
Country Sweden
County Norrbotten County
Source Torne River
 - elevation 210 m (689 ft)
 - coordinates 67°26′40″N 22°26′50″E / 67.44444°N 22.44722°E / 67.44444; 22.44722
Mouth Kalix River
 - elevation 160 m (525 ft)
 - coordinates 67°09′40″N 22°38′25″E / 67.16111°N 22.64028°E / 67.16111; 22.64028Coordinates: 67°09′40″N 22°38′25″E / 67.16111°N 22.64028°E / 67.16111; 22.64028
Length 52 km (32 mi) [1]
 - average 80 m3/s (2,825 cu ft/s)

The Tärendö River splits off the Torne River in Pajala Municipality, near the village of Junosuando, at an altitude of 210 m. It takes more than 50% of the water in the Torne River.[2]

It flows southeast for 52 km, passing Lautakoski and Koijuniemi, then empties into the Kalix River at the village of Tärendö at an altitude of 160 m.

Tributuaries to the right side of the Tärendö River are Meras River, Leppä River, Saitta River, and Jukkas River. The Kari River flows into the Tärendö River on the left.

Like many other rivers in Nordkalotten and Norrland, the river is popular for fishing.


  1. ^ "Tärendö älv". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 4 September 2010. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b "Bifurkationen är en världssensation" (in Swedish). Pajala Municipality. Archived from the original on 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2010-02-02.

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