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national minority language

Sami road signs a new trend in the north

Published lördag 25 augusti 2012 kl 10.47

More and more towns and villages in Northern Sweden want road signs in Sami, as well as Swedish, according to news agency TT.

"There's a huge increase in the number of applications" says Lennart Dehlin from Lantmäteriet, the Swedish mapping, cadastral and land registration authority, the ones that are responsible for the signs.

Sami is an official minority language in Sweden, and a large proportion of the Sami live in the northern half of the country.

In the northern county of Västerbotten around 60 towns and villages already have signs in both Swedish and Sami, and another 40 have asked for new signs in Sami as well.

But the signs are not uncontroversial among some, there have been cases where the Sami name on the signs has been vandalised.

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