Northern culture and well-being of the older population: A case study from Finnish and Swedish Lapland

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In this study, I explore the culture of the north in Finnish and
Swedish Lapland. I analyse the interconnection and importance of culture
regarding the well-being of older people in this northern region. Both local and
indigenous Sami people live in the northern parts of Finland and Sweden.
They have a distinct culture related to their natural environments. They also
have their traditional way of life, which carries their cultural identity.
Transformation in the North is generating tension for the Northern culture.
Cultural activities are affected by ongoing transformations in the north, which
have different impacts on the ageing population in this region. In this regard, I
examine the threats and challenges to the well-being of the older population. I
explore these issues based on data I collected between 2012 and 2017 in
Finnish and Swedish Lapland.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Annual Kurultai of the Endangered Cultural Heritage - AKECH
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)23-34
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventThe 2nd Annual Kurultai of the Endangered Cultural Heritage : AKECH - Constanța, Romania
Duration: 20 Jun 201923 Nov 2019