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The Sami people, also spelled Sámi or Saami, are the indigenous people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway.

Kalevala Koru 'Karkku Palviala' pendant in bronze (Thor's Hammer). This jewelry conveys Finnish cultural heritage. The most traditional Kalevala jewelry pieces are reproductions or variations of archaeological jewelry found in Finland. The Finns combined influences from around Europe in a unique way and created their own models. Some features are uniquely Finnish: For example, tiny bulges on the surface of the jewelry are one of the most reliable characteristics of original Finnish jewelry.

A Nordic Saami or Laplander family in traditional costumes and a dog from Finland before 1936

Nordic Thoughts: Sámi, Saami... and a dog...

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Traditional Finnish folk costume, a woman´s dress representing the region of Lavansaari, part of the former Finland, today belonging to Russia.

Finnish iron age, knife for woman's costume.

Traditional Finnish folk costume, a woman´s dress representing the region of Sysmä and Luhanka.

Western Ingria: The woman in the middle is wearing a version of the Tuutteri rekko costume with a misinterpreted sarafan, and the woman on the left is wearing a 'Lutheran Finnish' costume, which is worn by more recent settlers from Finland during the period of Swedish domination.

Traditional costumes Finland 10 by tucano3, via Flickr

Suomalaisia kansallispukuja – Finnish national costumes Kokkola Etelä-Pohjanmaa – West-Finland Photo: Antero Pietilä Seurasaari-tuote

Kuoreveden puku 1930 luvulta

Hausjärven naisen kansallispuku. Kuva © Suomen kansallispukuneuvosto, Timo Ripatti 1991