The Sámi people became Swedish when the Swedes occupied their home region, centuries ago.
(Similarly, other Sami became Norweign, Finnish, or Russian.)
• 1600s: Sweden occupied Scania (Skåne), Halland, Bohuslän, Blekinge, Jämtland, & Härjedalen (from Denmark-Norway).
• Poland's borders have been moved several times (by powerful countries).
• 1700s - 1800s: Independence in the Americas. The Ottoman Empire (Osmanska riket) disintegrated.
• 1940s - 1970s: African & Asian countries independent. Iceland too.
• 1970s →: Pakistan (1971), Yugoslavia (1991→), The Soviet Union (1991) & Sudan (2011) disintegrated.
(A citizen of the Soviet Union was in a space station. When he came back to earth, his country had ceased to exist!)
• 2014: Scotland will vote on independence.
â–º How did some Sámi become Swedish?
â–º Why do people in the Swedish province of Jämtland
â–º How can you move to a new country without moving?
People in Sweden
19 • 1.5 million first & second generation immigrants live in Sweden.
(About the same proportion as in the USA.)
• Immigration changes music, film, & other expressions of culture.
• Immigration influences culture in general (language, food, habits, etc.).
• Globally, 200 million people now alive have moved to a new country, for many different reasons.
• From war in Afghanistan to neighbouring Pakistan. From war in Syria. From Somalia.
• Since the 1700s, the USA & Canada have accepted many immigrants. The USA accepted a million Swedish immigrants (at the end of the 19th century to the 1920s), when Sweden was poor.
• World Migration - Map
â–º How does immigration change a country's culture?
â–º About how many people moved from Sweden to the USA?
More info: * The refugee in the dialogue is from Mukatjeve, a town which first was in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, then 1919 Czechosovakia, 1938 Hungry, 1945 The Soviet Union, 1991 Ukraine. (Source: Ingmar Karlsson: Det lilla Europa)