Sami National Day Date in the current year: February 6, 2016

Sami National Day The annual observation of Sami National Day falls on February 6. Ths date was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the first Sami Conference held in Trondheim, Norway in 1917.

The Sami are indigenous people of Scandinavia who are recognized and protected under international conventions of indigenous people. Today the Sami inhabit mostly Norway (40,000 people) and Sweden (18,000 people). About 4,000 Samis inhabit Finland and 2,000 more live in the Russian Federation.

Sami National Day was established in 1992 at the 15th Sami Conference in Helsinki and it's set to be observed on February 6 to commemorate the first Sami congress. The first celebration took place in 1993, when the International Year of Indigenous People was proclaimed by the UN in Jokkmokk, Sweden.

Today Sami National Day is observed by all Samis. The Samis of different countries have their own traditions, but regardless the place they live they should fly the Sami flag and sing the Sami national anthem on this day. A festive meal is another common tradition for the Samis.

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Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia


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