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Sunday, February 8th, 2004, 10:21 AM

Sami flag flies over Oslo

For the first time ever, the flag representing Norway's indigenous people, the Sami, was raised over the country's Parliament building Friday. The Sami celebrated their National Day on February 6, at the same time they held a winter carnival in Oslo.


Several hundred people gathered in front of the Norwegian Parliament (Storting) in Oslo on Friday to mark the occasion. The president of the Sami's own parliament, Sven Roald Nystoe, called it "an important step in reconciliation, understanding and respect" between Norwegian authorities and the Sami people.

He also said it was a "milestone" and an "inspiration" for further efforts in advancing Sami rights in Norway and in all the Nordic countries.

Joergen Kosmo, president of the Norwegian parliament, said that February 6 will continue to be a national, official flag day.

Local Oslo residents of Sami background also started hosting a winter carnival this week, celebrating Sami culture, food and activities.

Artist and author Inger Haldis Halvari is behind an exhibition at the Markus Menighetshus in Oslo's St Hanshaugen district. The Folk Museum on the Bygdoey will also hold special Sami activities this month. More information can be found at www.nsr.no.

Monday, February 9th, 2004, 02:19 AM
Is it considered offensive to refer to Sami's as "Lapps"? If so what's their reasoning behind this?

Monday, March 8th, 2004, 01:45 PM
Is it considered offensive to refer to Sami's as "Lapps"? If so what's their reasoning behind this?
Most of us in southern Sweden call them Lapps, but I don't think they get too offended anyway. Still, Samis is a better name.

At least over here, the word "Lapps" is really referring to the people in the county Lappland.

Our Scandinavian governments only aknowledge their rights in an attempt to soften Scandinavians' attitude towards more oriental multiculturialism. Well, it only makes people hate each other even more. :P