UHR observes Sámi National Day
6 February 2019
February 6 is Sámi National Day, held in memory of the first Sámi Congress that took place in Trondheim in 1917. UHR will observe this day by focusing attention on Sámi language, culture, and rights as an indigenous people and national minority.
UHR targets efforts in promoting national minority rights, language and culture based on minority policy goals. UHR is tasked with following-up, analysing, and reporting internally and externally focused efforts based on these goals.
One of five national minorities
The Sámi are an indigenous people and one of five recognised national minorities in Sweden. In addition to the Sámi, four other groups have specific rights concerning language, culture and influence: the Jews, the Roma, the Swedish Finns and the Tornedalers.
According to the Stockholm County Administrative Board and Sámi Parliament of Sweden, there are between 20,000 – 35,000 Sámi in Sweden. Recognised varieties of the Sámi language are nordsamiska, sydsamiska, lulesamiska och umesamiska.
Source: Information at minoritet.se and map from the Stockholm County Administrative Board and Sámi Parliament of Sweden published 2018.