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In the far north of Europe, ancient sounds, unique craftwork traditions and a particular language live side by side with modern technology.

Saami, also known as Sami, Sámi, Saame, Samic and Saamic, is spoken by the Sami people indigenous to the very north of Europe, in Sápmi, which stretches across the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula.

The Saami languages, which are mutually unintelligible, are sometimes considered dialects of one language, and the Sami people live in four countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, with North Saami spoken by about two-thirds of all Sami.

Did you know?

Around 2,600 Sami people in Norway make their living from herding reindeer, and the majority of the region of Northern Norway is actually used for raising reindeer.