The Sámi

The indigenous people of Finland

Existence can be tough in the Arctic, but the Sámi have adapted well to the environment. The Sámi, whose homelands stretch across northern Finland, Sweden and Norway and a corner of northwestern Russia, are the only indigenous people of the European Union. The Sámi flag was recognised in 1986; the same colours commonly appear in the traditional Sámi garb called “gákti.”