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In the Lands of the Midnight Sun lives the Sami formerly called the Lapps by the Scandinavians are the indigenous people of the far north of Finland Sweden Norway and Russia Their language is Finno-Ugric related to Finnish and Hungarian The Sami peoples traditional semi-nomadic subsistence ways include reindeer herding and fishing and hunting Their clothing handicrafts and music are distinctive The Sami are thought to descent from a people who reached Finland after the end of the last Ice Age When they got to Finland at first they occupied the southern parts of Finland and from there started to migrate towards Lapland Today there are more than 70000 Sami from whom over 40000 live in Norway Sweden up to 25000 in Finland 6000 and in Russia 2000 In Finland the birth-rate amongst Sami is slightly above the average for the country in general while there are no marked differences in the death-rate At the same time the average size of family is very much higher in the case of Sami 57 persons as compared for 38 for the Finns partly as a consequence of the high birth-rate and partly due to the close ties prevailing between the members of the family There is a Sami Parliament spanning these borders which participates in the global indigenous peoples movement at UN Reindeer has always been an important resource of food clothing tools and other products to the Sami They are milked at different stages of their nomads seasonal migration The meat fresh or preserved is excellent not least because so far as possible it is obtained from selected animals which are at their prime age from 4 to 5 years not as with venison from wild deer when the hunter is able to bag his quarry It is comparatively lean and unusually rich in proteins and important vitamins The tongue and marrowbones are delicacies The blood is used for gruel pancakes and sausages Other parts
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