Sámi Parliament of Sweden


The Sámi Parliament of Sweden (Swedish: Sametinget, Northern Sami: Sámediggi) is the representative body for people of Sámi heritage in Sweden based in Kiruna. It acts as an institution of cultural autonomy for the indigenous Sámi people.

Sámi Parliament in Sweden

Northern Sami: Sámediggi
Swedish: Sametinget
Type
Type
History
Founded1 January 1993 (1993-01-01)
Preceded bySwedish Sámi Council
Leadership
Speaker
Paulus Kuoljok, Samelandspartiet/Sámiid Riikabellodat
since 2017
President of the Sámi Parliament
Paulus Kuoljok, Samelandspartiet/Sámiid Riikabellodat
since 2017
Structure
Seats31[1]
Political groups
  •   
    Jakt- och
    Fiskesamerna (9)
  •   
    Sámiid Riikkabellodat/
    Samelandspartiet (7)
  •   
    Guovssonásti (5)
  •   
    Landspartiet Svenska
    Samer (3)
  •   
    Vuovdega-
    Skogssamerna (3)
  •   
    Albmut (1)
  •   
    Mijjen Geajnoe (1)
  •   
    Samerna (1)
  •   
    Samiska
    Folkomröstningspartiet (1)
Elections
Last election
2017
Next election
2021
Meeting place
Sámi Parliament of Sweden Building
Kiruna, Sweden
Website
www.sametinget.se

History


The Sami Parliament Act, Sametingslag (1992:1433), established the Swedish Sami Parliament as of 1 January 1993. By law, the first official elections were held on 16 May 1993. Its first session was opened by the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, on 26 August 1993 in Kiruna. It has 31 representatives, who are elected every four years by general vote. The current chairperson of the Sámi Parliament is Paulus Kuoljak, since 2017. The chairperson is formally assigned by the Swedish Government upon the proposal of the Sami Parliament.

The 2021 Sámediggi Election was held on 16 May 2021, with 9220 people registered as voters, mostly living in Norrbotten or Västerbotten.[2][3][4]

Responsibilities


Sweden has taken this active part for two reasons:

Voting system


Sámi Parliament is democratically elected and acts as an autonomous authority. Sámi inhabitants have a vote, in addition to the regular elections in Sweden, to elect representatives to the Sámi Parliament if:[citation needed]

  • they identify as culturally or ethnically Sámi, and either
    • they speak a Sámi language, or
    • they have had or have a parent, or grandparent, that speaks or spoke a Sámi language

See also


References