• Indigenous peoples in Sápmi

    Indigenous peoples in Sápmi

    The Sámi people are the indigenous people of the northern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula and large parts of the Kola Peninsula and live in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. They number between 50,000 and 100,000.
  • People

    The Sámi peoples spreads across the countries Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
    It is estimated that there are 50,000-10,000 Sámi people.
  • Politics

    Politically, the Sámi people are represented by three Sámi parliaments, one in Sweden, one in Norway and one in Finland, whereas on the Russian side they are organised into NGOs.
  • Challenges

    The main challenges for the Sámi peoples concerns extractive industry operations.
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  • Finnish law forces Saami reindeer herders out of their traditional livelihood!

Finnish law forces Saami reindeer herders out of their traditional livelihood!

The livelihood and cultural identity of four Saami reindeer herders in the Nellim area in northern Finland is threatened by a decision by the Ivalo reindeer co-operative implying that essentially the entire herd of the Nellim group should be forcefully slaughtered. The Finnish Supreme Administrative Court has upheld the decision as legal under the Finnish Reindeer Herding Act. The Ivalo reindeer co-operative has announced that it will enforce its decision this week.

About IWGIA

IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

Indigenous World

IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for indigenous peoples worldwide. The Indigenous World 2019.

Contact IWGIA

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DK 1422 Copenhagen
Denmark
Phone: (+45) 53 73 28 30
E-mail: iwgia@iwgia.org
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