An indigenous people
The Sámi people are one of the world indigenous people. Common for these people are that they have lived in the same area through out the history, before it got invaded and colonised. We have our own culture, language, customs and traditions that are different from those of the society around us.
Through millennia we have lived close to the nature relaying heavily on the reindeer, the magnificent animal which is one of the symbols of the Sámi people. However, today most have adapted to the modern way of life but our culture is still very much alive.
There are approximately 80 000 Sámi people:
· About 20 000 lives in Sweden.
· About 50-65 000 lives in Norway.
· About 8 000 lives in Finland.
· About 2 000 lives in Russia.