6.10 – The Sami National Day (February 6)

The Sami, the indigenous people of Norway, has fought and is in some way still fighting to preserve their culture, and this has led to the creation of a Sami national day. February 6 is the national day for all Sami in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola-peninsula in Russia. It commemorates the first national meeting for the Sami in Norway in Trondheim in 1917, the first time a wide coalition of Sami in Norway gathered to discuss common Sami issues. This meeting was important in creating a common Sami movement. February 6 officially became the Sami national day in 1992.