Sami Culture

Sami Culture

The Sami people, also spelled Sámi or Saami, are the indigenous people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway. The Sámi are the only indigenous people of Scandinavia recognized and protected under the international conventions of indigenous peoples, and hence the northernmost indigenous people of Europe. Sami ancestral lands span an area of approximately 388,350 km2 (150,000 sq. mi.), which is approximately the size of Sweden, in the Nordic countries. Their traditional languages are the Sami languages and are classified as a branch of the Uralic language family.

Traditionally, the Sami have pursued a variety of livelihoods, including coastal fishing, fur trapping and sheep herding. Their best-known means of livelihood is semi-nomadic reindeer herding. Currently about 10% of the Sami are connected to reindeer herding and 2,800 are actively involved in herding on a full-time basis. For traditional, environmental, cultural and political reasons, reindeer herding is legally reserved only for Sami people in certain regions of the Nordic countries.

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... In the 20th century Norwegian authorities put the Sami culture under pressure in order to make the Norwegian language and culture universal ... of the north also took place, giving Norwegian culture and language status ... in the north led to a weakening of status and economy for the Sami ...
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... Please do not remove this message until the dispute is resolved Historically, the Sami inhabited all of Northern Russia, Finland, and Eastern ... Nuuksio on the south coast of Finland, remain as proof of former Sami settlement ... However, Sami people increasingly mixed with Finnish and Scandinavian settlers, losing their culture and language ...
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