Theme Week Lapland – Inari, capital of Sámi culture

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Sami flag at a reindeer farm © Manfred Werner/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sami flag at a reindeer farm © Manfred Werner/cc-by-sa-3.0

Inari is Finland‘s largest municipality by area (but one of the most sparsely populated), with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Its major sources of income are tourism, service industry and cold climate testing. With the Siida museum in the village of Inari, it is a center of Sámi culture, widely known as the “capital of Sámi culture”. The airport in Ivalo and the country’s key north-south European Route E75 (Finland’s National Road 4) bring summer and winter vacationers seeking resorts with access to a well-preserved, uncrowded natural environment.

Inari is the largest municipality by area in Finland. Located in Lapland, it covers an area of 17,333.65 square kilometres (6,692.56 sq mi), of which 2,281.41 km² (880.86 sq mi) is water. With an area of 1,043 km² (403 sq mi), Lake Inari is the third largest lake in Finland, 40 km² (15 sq mi) smaller than the country’s second largest Lake Päijänne. Finland’s largest National Park Lemmenjoki is partly located in Inari, as is the Urho Kekkonen National Park. Vast parts of the municipality are designated wilderness areas: Hammastunturi, Muotkatunturi, Paistunturi, Kaldoaivi, Vätsäri, and Tsarmitunturi. The village of Inari is Finland’s northernmost holiday resort. The airport is located in the nearby village of Ivalo.

Water planes on Lake Inari © MyName Sami Cultural Center Sajos © Helge Høifødt/cc-by-sa-3.0 Tripoint of Russia-Norway-Finland border © flickr.com - Julia Velkova/cc-by-2.0 Sami flag at a reindeer farm © Manfred Werner/cc-by-sa-3.0 Siida musuem © Manfred Werner/cc-by-sa-3.0 Lake Inari © panoramio.com - Tevfik Teker/cc-by-3.0
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Tripoint of Russia-Norway-Finland border © flickr.com - Julia Velkova/cc-by-2.0
The municipality has four official languages: Finnish, Inari Sámi (ca. 400 estimated speakers), Skolt Sámi (ca. 400 speakers), and Northern Sámi (ca. 700 speakers). The estimates of how many people have some command of each of the Sámi languages differ from the number of people who list them as their mother tongues. Of the total population of 6,863 in 2010, 6,366 people registered Finnish and 400 people registered one of the Sámi languages as their mother tongue. Ninety-seven inhabitants were native speakers of other languages.

Among the sites of interest are: Inari village: Siida, Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre, Sajos, Sami Cultural Center. Ivalo village: Ivalo Airport, Ivalo river. Saariselkä holiday resort, Urho Kekkonen National Park, Lemmenjoki National Park, Hammastunturi Wilderness Area and Otsamo fell, a popular hiking destination.

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