4494437634 a91cdb228b The Lapp or Sami people

One of the great experiences that can be lived in the trips to Lapland is to know firsthand how the Lapon, Saami or Sami people live. Nowadays there are about 80,000 Sami, although there are no official statistics of its population. However, it is estimated that about 50,000 live in Norway, 20,000 in Sweden, 10,000 in Finland and 2,000 in Russia

Archaeologists have found evidence of the settlement of the Scandinavian Arctic coasts from 11,000 years to 6,000 years ago by people who lived from fishing and hunting wild reindeer. They have also found ceramics of the ancestors of the Lapps dating back 3,500 years. Lapps are now considered as the aboriginal population of Scandinavia and claim their rights as an indigenous people.

The use of the word lap, from which the Lappish Spanish derives, originates in Sweden and Finland. In Scandinavia lapp also means clothes of a beggar. The word is also used as uneducated and silly, in addition to other meanings as peripheral. This term has never been used in the Lapponian languages since Lapps refer to themselves as Sait (the Samis), or Sápmelaš (of the Sami family).

At present, the Scandinavian media use no other term than Sámis. Institutions and the media use the word Sámi. The term “lapp” is considered pejorative.

In addition to enjoying an incomparable setting, in our trips to Lapland, you will have the opportunity to know first hand this peculiar and mysterious town. Authentic experiences that perfectly complement our adventure trips.

Share in social media:
PreviousTrip to Iceland: Back country skiing and sailing at the end of the world NextThe charm of Zermatt