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Friday, February 6, 2015

Sami National Day

The Sami flag. By Jeltz [Public domain]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

February 6 is Sami National Day. The Sami are indigenous Finno-Ugric people who live in Sápmi, which includes northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia.

Sami National Day was first celebrated on 6 February 1993. The date was chosen because the first Sami congress was held in Trondheim, Norway on 6 February 1917.

On this day, the Sami flag is flown and the Sami national anthem is sung. It is an official flag day in Norway. People eat traditional Sami food and wear gákti (traditional Sami clothing).

Sami Week is held every year in Tromsø, Norway around the time of Sami National Day. Activities include a Sami market and reindeer racing.

Sápmi in Europe. Edited by Misha bb [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (]. Available from Wikipedia.

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Sami Week, Tromsø 2015

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