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What are Samis in Sweden?

What are Samis in Sweden?

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.

What do the Sami do?

Traditionally, the Sámi have pursued a variety of livelihoods, including coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding. Their best-known means of livelihood is semi-nomadic reindeer herding. Currently about 10% of the Sámi are connected to reindeer herding, which provides them with meat, fur, and transportation.

What are the Sami in Vikings?

The Sami are the descendants of nomadic peoples who had inhabited northern Scandinavia for thousands of years. When the Finns entered Finland, beginning about ad 100, Sami settlements were probably dispersed over the whole of that country; today they are confined to its northern extremity.

What do Sámi people call themselves?

The name comes from what the Sámi call themselves, sámit or sápmelaččat. In Norway they were previously called “lapper” or “finner,” similarly “lappar” in Sweden and “lappalaiset” in Finland.

What do the Sami believe in?

Traditional Sámi religion is generally considered to be Animism. The Sámi belief that all significant natural objects (such as animals, plants, rocks, etc.) possess a soul, and from a polytheistic perspective, traditional Sámi beliefs include a multitude of spirits.

What does Sami mean in English?

When spelled in English, it can be spelled as Samy or Sammy and often mistakenly confused as the abbreviated English name Sammy. Sami can be an Arabic name meaning “elevated” (الرفعة) or “sublime”.

Who colonized the Sami people?

Colonialism is relevant in two distinct ways: the Norwegian state was formed through quasi-colonial relationships of political domination by both Denmark and Sweden, and Sápmi was claimed and settled by non-Sámi people while Sámi were assimilated into Norwegian society.