A Story From: Finland
Read Time: ["6 to 10mins"]
For Ages: 8 to 10yrs., 12 to 14yrs.

A gentle tale from northern Finland about the power of listening.
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Retold by Elaine L. Lindy. ©2006. All rights reserved.


The Saams or Lapps live largely above the Arctic Circle.  The name "Lapp" from which Lapland is commonly derived, is believed to have been introduced by the Vikings in the 9th or 10th centuries.  The Saams themselves consider the name Lapp derogatory. Other nations call them Fenn (Finn).  In Finland there are about 6,000 Saam.  The Saam people as a whole occupy a tract of land covering four countries, stretching in a semicircle for 1,200 miles from Dalarna, Sweden, along the coast of the Arctic Ocean over Norway and Finland to the central part of the Kola peninsula in Russia.  Though it's difficult to determine population of the Saams, since some countries use language as a criteria while others use the economic relationship to reindeer-hunting, the Sami Council estimates there are altogether 30,000-70,000 Saams in Scandinavia.