The Sami people (also known as Lap, Lapp, or Laplanders) are the Nordic countries’ only official indigenous people, inhabiting the North of Scandinavia, Sápmi.
Non-Sami and many regional maps have often called this same region Lapland, but this term can be either misleading, offensive, or both.
Among the Sami people, Sápmi is strictly used and accepted. Sápmi is located in Northern Europe, including parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
The Sami people celebrate their National day on the 6th of February.
Photo Nomad Sami late 1800eds Northern Sweden Norway © Saamiblog
Traditionally, the Sami lived of coastal fishing, fur trapping and sheep and reindeer herding. The Sami’s rich culture and heritage regards to language, traditional clothing, food, handcraft and music are distinctively different from other ethnic groups in Scandinavia.
Their language and culture are being endangered, yet still the Sami people have only recently been acknowledged as the indigenous people of the Nordic countries, with official rights to protect their heritage.