Sami flag. Photo: Tommy Engman/Sveriges Radio

Sami parliament campaign gets underway

Sami parliament elections
4:17 min

Campaigning for Sweden's sami parliament kicks off tomorrow. The parliament, based in Kiruna in the north, represents the interests of Sweden's indigenous Sami people. But its power is mainly focused on the reindeer herding industry.

Much of the debate in the coming campaign will focus on the parliament's legitimacy - just a small proportion of Samis are eligible to vote. The Samis' right to access traditonal lands will also be high on the agenda with growing competition in the north from mining, windpower and other commercial interests.

"Another challenge will be to elevate Sami issues from the reindeer industry to indigenous rights," says Inge Frisk from the Stockholm Sami Association.

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