- Encounters with locals
- Sustainable Tourism
- Off the beaten track
During my trip to Sweden, I was able to discover some of the Sami traditions. Lapland's indigenous people raise reindeer and hunt elk (and not the other way round), two meats that I tried during my break around Skellefteå, the first in a fondue and the second in...pizza.
Even though I didn't meet any Sami, I saw their crafts (animal skins, wooden objects) in Stockholm's museums and shops. Skansen open air park (which is great for families) has a large section dedicated to their habitat and daily lives.
You learn, for example, that there are only 100,000 Samis left in Lapland, of which 20.000 are in Sweden, but only 10% still live a nomadic lifestyle. The others live in villages so that the children can go to school. The Samis have only had political representation since 1993 but they can now live the way they want and hunt freely.