Challenges to the human security of elderly Sámi in Finnish and Swedish Lapland

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The indigenous Sámi people inhabit the northern parts of Finland and Sweden. They adhere to a traditional way of life and practice a distinct culture connected to their natural surroundings, forming a unique cultural identity. In this chapter, we look into how the concept of human security applies in assessing the well-being of elderly Sámi in the region. Climate change and developments such as mining and other industrial activities are causing significant socio-environmental changes that affect elderly Sámi. While both positive and negative impacts can be identified, risks pertaining to health and well-being are prevalent. We analyse these risks in light of data collected in Finnish and Swedish Lapland during the years 2012 and 2014. In particular, we examine the concerns and challenges which elderly Sámi face as regards the economy, environment, food and health. In concluding, we offer some recommendations on how the well-being of elderly Sámi can be promoted in response to the prevailing human security challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding the many faces of human security
Subtitle of host publicationperspectives of northern indigenous peoples
EditorsKamrul Hossain, Anna Petrétei
Place of PublicationLeiden ; Boston
PublisherBrill Nijhoff
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-31439-9
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-31438-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

SeriesStudies in International Minority and Group Rights