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This Article is missing a reference that shows there is such a region does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (March 2011) Palsa type swamp in Enontekiö municipality Lapland is a cultural region in Finland and Sweden, largely within the Arctic Circle in the Cap of the North of the Scandinavian Peninsula. On the North it is bounded by Norway's counties Finnmark and Troms, on the West by the Kjølen mountain range (also the border to Norway) and on the East by the Russian border.[citation needed] The name Lapland refers to land inhabited by the Sami people, formerly called Lapp people, which is now considered derogatory,[1][2] who are the minority indigenous people of the region. Due to this, some define "Lappland" as coterminus with Sápmi, the entire traditional area of the Sámi - on the North bounded by the Barents Sea, on the West by the Norwegian Sea and on the East by the White Sea.[3][4] However, the Norwegian and Russian parts of the area "Sápmi" are neither formally called "Lapland", nor considered part of "Lapland" by its inhabitants - although in recent times some parts of the area (such as Finnmark) has been marketed as "Lapland" for promoting tourism. Formally, though, the name only survives in Finland and Sweden, where provinces bear the name. Contents 1 Geography 1.1 Landscape 1.2 Climate 1.3 Natural resources 2 History 3 Demography 4 Population in general 4.1 Ethnic composition 5 Politics 5.1 Finland 5.2 Sweden 5.3 Sámi politics 6 See also 7 Notes Geography Landscape Lapland lies largely north of the Arctic Circle. The western portion is mountainous, rising towards the Norwegian border, with the highest point being Mount Kebnekaise (2,111 m/6,926 ft, Swedish Lapland). The part of Lapland falling on the Swedish side of the border is characterized by great rivers running from the northwest to the southeast. In the northeast, the terrain is that of a low plateau that contains many marshes and lakes, the largest of which is Lake Inari in Finnish Lapland. Climate The climate is subarctic and vegetation is sparse, except in the densely forested southern portion. North of the Arctic Circle polar night characterize the winter season and midnight sun the summer season—both phenomena are longer the further north one goes. Traditionally, the Sami people divide the year in eight seasons instead of four. Natural resources Lapland contains valuable mineral deposits, particularly iron ore in Sweden. Reindeer, wolf, bear, and sea and land birds are the main forms of animal life, in addition to a myriad of insects in the short summer. Sea and river fisheries abound in the region. History The origins of the name Lapland is to be found in the Swedish term Lappmarken ("the Sámi lands"), referring to the territories of the north settled by the Sámi people. From this evolved the province (landskap) Lappland which in 1809 was split into one part that remained Swedish and one part falling under Finland (which became part of the Russian Empire). To this day, Lapland is split into two entities - one Finnish, one Swedish. The Finnish Lapland region contains both parts of the old Lapland province and the old Ostrobothnian province. Demography This section is empty. You can help by adding to it. Population in general Swedish and Finnish Lapland have a combined population of 278,350 inhabitants, on an area of 298,686 km2. The largest cities are Rovaniemi (Inari Sámi: Ruávinjargâ, Northern Sámi: Roavenjárga and Roavvenjárga, Skolt Sámi: Ruäˊvnjargg) and Kiruna (North Sámi: Giron, Finnish: Kiiruna - pop. 18.154). Ethnic composition While the Sámi are the indigenous population in Lapland, people self-identifying as Sámi are currently a small minority of the Laplanders. Other prominent indigenous groups include Swedes, Finns and Tornedalians. Five Sámi languages are spoken in the region: North, South, Skolt, Inari, and Lule. Two other Sámi languages, Pite and Ume, are moribund while Kemi Sámi is extinct. Politics Finland Main articles: Lapland (Finland), Sámi Domicile Area Finland's Lapland (Lappi) is one of the country's 20 regions (incl. the autonomous area Åland). Its capital and largest city is Rovaniemi, which is in fact outside the historical Lapland and inside old Ostrobothnia. Areas coterminus with the historical Lapland falling on the Finnish side, are mainly included into the Sámi Domicile Area - a landscape de jure autonomous in Sámi issues (though not de facto). Sweden Main article: Lapland (Sweden) In Sweden, the Lapland province remains a de jure reality but has no political significance or administrative purposes - it exists only on paper and in the minds of the population. Its functions has been replaced with the counties (län) that took over its territories: Norrbotten, Västerbotten and Jämtland. The capitals of all these counties are outside historical Lapland. Sámi politics Main article: Sámi politics The entities within the Finnish and Swedish states tasked with representing the Sámi minority, both have their headquarters within Lapland: The Sámi Parliament of Finland in Inari, and the Sámi Parliament of Sweden in Kiruna. See also Lapland (Finland) Lapland (Sweden) Lappland Laponia (historical province) Sápmi (area) Murmansk Oblast Northern Norway Notes ^ F. Grimes, Barbara; Joseph Evans Grimes, Summer Institute of Linguistics (2000). Ethnologue. SIL International. p. 54. ISBN 1556711034.  ^ By International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences Commission on Nomadic Peoples (1983). Nomadic Peoples. Commission on Nomadic Peoples.  ^ "Lapland." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2009. Web. 24 Nov. 2009 - INACCESSIBLE ^ SNL definition of Sápmi: [1]; SNL definitions of Lapland: [2]