Saturday, 11 November 2006

Tasting reindeer meat and joiking in the arctic

The Sami are indigenous people who form the largest ethnic minority in Norway, Finland and Sweden. Long known as Laps, a term they now regard as colonial, the Sami have lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years, earning their keep by fishing, hunting, boat building and reindeer herding. Today, their total number is estimated at around 80,000. More than half live in Norway, where they possess a high degree of autonomy.

In Sweden, this is not the case and many of the 17,000 Sami who live there are fighting for their right to self-determination. I traveled to Kiruna, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, to discover one of the oldest surviving cultures in Europe.

The Sami People in Sweden by barb

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