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The Sami Parliament of Sweden in Kiruna

The Sami Parliament of Sweden (Sametinget in Swedish and Sámediggi in Northern Sami) is the representative body for people of Sami heritage in Sweden. It act as an institution of cultural autonomy for the indigenous Sami people.



The Sametingslag (1992:1433) established the Swedish Sami Parliament as of 1 January 1993. By law, the first official elections were held on 16 May 1993. Its first session was opened by the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, on 26 August 1993 in Kiruna. It has 31 representatives, who are elected every four years by general vote. The current Chairperson is Sylvia Simma from 2005.


Sweden has taken this active part for two reasons:

Voting system

Sami Parliaments are democratically elected and act as autonomous authorities. In each country, Sami inhabitants have a vote, in addition to the regular elections in each country, to elect representatives to their Sami Parliament if:

  • s/he considers himself/herself to be culturally or ethnically Sami, and
    • s/he speaks a Sami language, or
    • s/he had or has a parent, or grandparent, that speaks or spoke a Sami language

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