Sápmelaš, originally Sábmelaš, was a magazine written in Northern Sámi that was published in Finland from 1934 to 2001.

History and profile

Sápmelaš was launched in 1934[1] by Sámi Čuvgehussearvi and was financed by the Finnish government until 1995, after which the Sámi Parliament in Finland financed it for 6 years. 2001 saw the magazine fold due to a lack of financing.

The first editors were Paavo Ravila (19341943) and Erkki Itkonen (19341950). Although neither Ravila nor Itkonen were Sámi, they were both professors of Finno-Ugric languages at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Jouni Kitti served as editor from 1980 to 1998.


  1. Richard B. Baldauf; Robert B. Kaplan (2000). Language Planning in Nepal, Taiwan, and Sweden. Multilingual Matters. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-85359-483-0. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
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