Lapland highlights climate change with Olympics bid

The small town north of the Arctic Circle, where temperatures of minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 Fahrenheit) are not uncommon, declared its candidacy at a news conference, admitting it was a "crazy idea" but with a serious message.

"Our summers are getting hotter and hotter, our winters are getting shorter and shorter we need to keep Salla icy, cold and snowy," said Erkki Parkkinen, mayor of Salla, at a digital news conference.

He said that if Salla could hold the 2032 Games it would mean that the temperature had continued to rise.

Like every other Olympic candidate city, Salla's pitch comes with a flash, if tongue-in-cheek, video complete with snowy vistas and scenes of an older couple in shorts sitting in snow banks on lawn chairs and a man eating ice cream while taking a dip in an ice-covered lake.

The Salla bid also comes with all the trappings of a serious candidacy, including a smart logo, mascot, uniforms, bid book and promotional activities.

With the International Olympic Committee set to select the 2032 host sometime before 2025, several cities along with Salla have expressed interest in staging the Summer Games including Doha, Mumbai and the Rhine-Ruhr region of Germany.