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Arctic Samis celebrate their national day centenary
by Matti Huuhtanen

The Associated Press    Translate This Article
6 February 2017

On 6 February 2017 The Associated Press reported: With chants, poetry and traditional dress, the indigenous Sami people of Europe's Arctic north, formerly nomadic reindeer herders in Lapland, celebrated their national day Monday with hundreds of events across the Nordic lands. The Sami settled with their reindeer herds 9,000 years ago in Europe's Arctic and now number 70,000 people spread across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Monday's start to the weeklong festivities - attended by Norwegian King Harald and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Norway, and Finland's president, Sauli Niinisto, in Finnish Lapland - marked the centenary of the Sami people's first congress in the Norwegian city of Trondheim in 1917. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of culture, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

For generations, the Nordic ethnic majority sought to assimilate the Sami into mainstream culture by banning their language and culture. Russian Samis, meanwhile, were isolated by the Iron Curtain during decades of Soviet rule.

Now Sami have their own parliaments, schools, newspapers and broadcasts in their own language broadcast on national radio and TV.

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