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Sami (Sweden)

Practical information about Sami

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
You can meet the Samis in Lapland.
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Sami

Julie Olagnol Travel writer
91 travel articles

The Samis are the native people of Lapland, the territory in the north of Norway, Sweden and Finland.

My suggestion:
Don't call them Laplanders, they prefer to be called Samis.

During my trip to Sweden, I was able to discover some of the Sami traditions. Lapland's indigenous people raise reindeer and hunt elk (and not the other way round), two meats that I tried during my break around Skellefteå, the first in a fondue and the second

Even though I didn't meet any Sami, I saw their crafts (animal skins, wooden objects) in Stockholm's museums and shops. Skansen open air park (which is great for families) has a large section dedicated to their habitat and daily lives.

You learn, for example, that there are only 100,000 Samis left in Lapland, of which 20.000 are in Sweden, but only 10% still live a nomadic lifestyle. The others live in villages so that the children can go to school. The Samis have only had political representation since 1993 but they can now live the way they want and hunt freely. 

Reproduction of a Sami house in Skansen park