Sámi Parliament of Norway

The Sámi Parliament of Norway (Norwegian: Sametinget, Northern Sami: Sámediggi [ˈsaːmeˌtiɡːiː], Lule Sami and Pite Sami: Sámedigge, Ume Sami: Sámiediggie, Southern Sami: Saemiedigkie, Skolt Sami: Sääʹmteʹǧǧ) is the representative body for people of Sámi heritage in Norway. It acts as an institution of cultural autonomy for the indigenous Sami people.

Sámi Parliament in Norway

Northern Sami: Sámediggi
Lule Sami: Sámedigge
Pite Sami: Sámedigge
Ume Sami: Sámiediggie
Southern Sami: Saemiedigkie
Skolt Sami: Sääʹmteʹǧǧ
Norwegian: Sametinget
9th Sámi Parliamentary Assembly
Type
Type
History
Founded9 October 1989 (1989-10-09)
Preceded byNorwegian Sámi Council
Leadership
Speaker
Tom Sottinen, Labour
since 15 June 2018
Deputy speaker
Tor Gunnar Nystad, NSR
since 12 October 2017
President of the Sámi Parliament
Silje Karine Muotka[1], NSR
since 21 October 2021
Structure
Seats39
Political groups
Governing Council (21)
  •   Norwegian Sámi Association (17)
  •   Centre Party (3)
  •   Ávjovári Moving Sámi List (1)

Opposition (18)

Elections
Open list proportional representation
Modified Sainte-Laguë method
Last election
13 September 2021
Next election
2025
Meeting place
Sámi Parliament of Norway Building
Karasjok, Norway
Website
www.sametinget.no
Plenary 2013–17
Aerial photo of the parliament

The Parliament was opened on 9 October 1989. The seat is in the village of Kárášjohka (Karasjok) in Kárášjohka Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county. It currently has 39 representatives, who are elected every four years by direct vote from 7 constituencies. The last election was in 2021. Unlike in Finland, the 7 constituencies cover all of Norway. The current president is Silje Karine Muotka who represents the Norwegian Sámi Association.[1]


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