Contingent Profile:

Team Sapmi

2004 was the first journey to the Arctic Winter Games for the Sami team. They sent a small contingent to participate in cross country skiing, biathlon, snowshoeing and cultural activities.

The Sami are the indigenous peoples of northern Scandinavia, representing around 100,000 people. The Sami people spread out across four countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. The Sami speak as many as nine distinct dialects, only one of which is spoken in all Scandinavian countries.

The Sami flag has four distinct colours in it, the largest block of colour on the right is a dark blue, met with two thin stripes of yellow and green, and a larger stripe of red on the left. All four colours are overlaid with a circle of red and blue. The team colours are red, yellow, blue and black.