The Sami are the only indigenous people in Lapland and the whole of the European Union. They inhabited the area long before any state borders were drawn.
Approximately 9,000 Sami peoples live in Finland, and they speak three languages: North Sami, Inari Sami and Skolt Sami. The National Day of the Sami is celebrated on 6 February during which the Sami flag is hoisted.
Traditional Sami trades include reindeer management, hunting and gathering of natural products, small-scale agriculture and handicrafts. The centre of Finnish Sami culture is Inari, which is home to the following: the Sami Parliament, Sami Radio, the Siida Sami Museum and the Northern Lapland Nature Centre, as well as the new Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.
Get to know the genuine Sami culture and Sami life as it is today in the Inari-Saariselkä region.