Lapland: disputes over land and reindeer pit brother against brother

March 6, 2008 • Philip BurgessReindeer, Reindeer Herders

(From Helsingin Sanomat, March 2, 2008) “…It is not immediately apparent that Nellim is a place where the three most enduring disputes of northernmost Finnish Lapland converge: the conflict over the use of forests, disagreements over land ownership and the rights of the Sami people, and the dispute over reindeer husbandry. All of these are interlinked.  For the same reason, human relations in Nellim are tied up in knots…” Read the full article here.