Swedish and Sami together against racism


The Swedish government and the Sami Parliament in Sweden are together trying to change the attitudes of Swedes towards the Sami in the northern part of Sweden with a project worth millions of kroner(SEK). In 1998 a study that showed that 75 % of Sami people feel that the majority are more or less hostile to the Sami and almost 50 % felt that the hostility was growing. Racism and discrimination against the Sami has been difficult to prove since the study also shows that the Sami do not trust the local authorities. Today the situation has not improved. Attacks against the Sami who wear the national dress still happen.

The Swedish government has decided to invest three million SEK over the next three years to set up a Sami Information Centre that informs and senzitise the majority population about Sami culture and history.