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People Weren’t Allowed to Live in Houses in the Capital of Wilderness

We are in Jokkmokk. It is just above the Arctic Circle. Jokkmokk is Saami for “river and bend”, the nearby river is bending. The municipality of Jokkmokk is in some regards the capital of national parks in Sweden. It is

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Wild West of the Arctic – Saami and Settlers

Roughly 150 years before the Homestead Act (1862) in the United States, the Swedish government encouraged people to move to the north and start farming. The incentives were 15 years of tax amnesty and no military service. Ájtte – Svenskt

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Forrest Gump II – Run Forrest, Run to Laponia

Forrest Gump, the Oscar winning movie of 1994 has several paramount messages to the moviegoer. One is dispatched several times by Forrest. I think it was something like this: “My mumma always said life is like a flying feather, you

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Carl von Linné’s Passion for the Angelica Archangelica

In Jokkmokk, you find another great museum, Ájtte. Ájtte in English means some type of storage building. Ájtte is one of the premier storage houses of the Saami culture in Sweden. They are also responsible for an alpine garden. My

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