Lapland is called the land of the midnight sun, and for a good reason. when spring comes, the ice melts and the days become a feast of light. The nightless night, Lapland’s summer, can last up to 60 days .Every summer the sun provides energy and warms the hearts of travelers. In Lapland you have day and night time to make your holiday perfect. Climate
Lapland enjoys a continental climate typically with snowy winters and quite warm summers due to the Gulf Stream. The seasonal changes are quite apparent and strong in Lapland. The seasons are spring, summer, autumn, kaamos (winter twilight) and about six months of winter.
In Lapland there are 191 768 inhabitants with an average population density of about 2 people/km˛ (national average 17). The indigenous people of Lapland are Saami with a population of about 7 000. Laplanders live mostly in Norway where they are etnic minority. The Laplanders are hunters and fishers from the begining. But as other people arrived they had to move to the forest and to the mountains. Throw times they have been trading. Later on they started to capture wild reindeers and tame them. The reindeer-herds started to grow. The reindeer-keepers moved between the inland and the coast, depending of the time of the year. In Finland the Laplanders lived in the woods whith their reindeers and their cows.
The Laplander´s culture is a special culture. Their history, language and culture is associated to the past, when they were reindeer-keepers.
The culture of Lapland is a mixture of north and south, east and west. It is Lapp and Finnish but also Swedish, Norwegian and even Russian. The times of logging camps and the gold rush have added spice to the culture. Today, to find culture, is to find and recognise those spiritual resources in which the people of Lapland base their livelihood. The culture of Lapland is broadly understood as the way of life and how to make a living. Due to the size of Lapland the cultural differences are remarkable in the various areas. In west Lapland a tight hundred-year border co-operation with Sweden has characterised the way of life in that area. The most charming feature is the language spoken on both sides of the border “meän-kieli” - a very special “own” language - fishing traditions and the many happenings. In east Lapland logging has always been a dominant factor and dictates the lifestyle.
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