Laplander Ethnic Folk Costume Finnmark Norway 1925 postcard
Lapland is a region largely within the Arctic that spans parts of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. The Sami people, earlier referred to as Lapps or Laplanders, are the historical inhabitants of this area. This postcard captures the traditional dress of Sami living in the Norwegian region of Finnmark. While Norwegians form the majority of the population on the outer islands, the population is mixed in the fjord settlements, with Sami forming the bulk of the population in the interior. A reversal of Norwegianization policy in the 1980s has seen an official apology from the King of Norway, reparations being made to Sami, the introduction of Sami language in schools, and a revitalization of their culture.
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