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      • There has not always been a country called Sweden.

      • A very long time ago there was no Sweden, but people lived there anyway.

      • Thousands of years ago there were people who lived in the north: the Sámi.

      • The Sámi lived in northern Norway, northern Sweden, & northern Finland.
         Also in a neighbouring part of Russia.

      • Nowadays there are still many Sámi people who live in the same area.
      • The Sámi have their own flag Sami flag.svg but not a country of their own.

 • There are still thousands of Sámi people who live close to nature,
 ←caring for reindeer, fishing, and/or hunting.

 • A Sámi in the north of Sweden, wearing traditional clothes. →

 • Many Sámi live in Stockholm and lead ordinary lives.

 • The Sámi people have the legal right to develop their own culture.

File:Pitesamisk beiarn 2005.jpg

      • People have been speaking Samic for thousands of years. But a couple of hundred years ago many Swedes thought that everyone in Sweden should speak Swedish in school and in town, even with their siblings. Many Sámi children didn't learn to speak their mother tongue properly.

      • Nowadays in Sweden, everyone has the right to speak any langauges they want to.

      • To support the Samic language, there is a fairly new law which makes Samic an "official minority language." The term "minority language" means that it is the language of a part of the population (less than half).

â–º Where in the world did the Sámi people live in the old days?

â–º Do the Sámi have a country of their own?

â–º Many Sámi people live close to nature. What kind of work do they do?

â–º When did people start speaking Samic?

â–º What does the term "minority language" mean?

​More info:  
·There are many more ethnic groups than there are countries. Some groups which would love to have lands of their own are: Kurds, Palestinians, Tibetans, Scotts, Catalons (Barcelona), native Americans etc.