Jokkmokk is the centre of the Sami culture

Jokkmokk is the centre of the Sami culture

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Staffan Widstrand/imagebank.sweden.se

Jokkmokk

Jokkmokk is a locality and the seat of Jokkmokk Municipality in Norrbotten County, province of Lapland inSweden.

The Sámi name of the place means "River's Curve", due to the meandering river that runs through it. It is just north of the Arctic Circle.


The indigenous Sami people

The famous indigenous Sami people live in four countries - Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The total population of Sammies in these four countries is estimated at approx. 80,000,

Jokkmokk was a transit centre for Sami refugees from Norway during World War II, in addition to the centre in Kjesäter. In Jokkmokk you can get an exclusive experience about the culture of Sammies closely and you can visit the Sami Museum where you can get to know the story of the region’s indigenous people and the forbidding landscape that they’ve inhabited for millennia.


The Jokkmokk Market

Jokkmokk Market has a long history and has a more than 400-year unbroken tradition. The first Thursday in February every year, thousands and thousands of people gather in Jokkmokk for concerts, exhibitions and trade. Jokkmokk Market is still one of the most important social events for the Sámi people in Sápmi. Temperatures during the festival can drop as low as -40°.

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