Updated: February 6, 2018
Next update: Not yet determined
About the statistics
A comprehensive and current overview of official statistics relevant to Sami social relations. The statistics have a primarily geographical approach, with the emphasis on Sami settlement areas north of the Saltfjellet mountain range, which lies on the Arctic Circle.
The STN area, the geographical area of activity of the Sami Parliament subsidy schemes for business development.
As of 2015, the geographical area of activity covers the following municipalities and municipal sub-areas/basic statistical units:
2011 Kautokeino, entire municipality
2012 Alta, the following basic statistical units:
0103 Lille Lerresfjord
0104 Store Lerresfjord
2014 Loppa, entire municipality
2017 Kvalsund, entire municipality
2018 Måsøy, the following basic statistical units:
2019 Nordkapp, the following basic statistical units:
2020 Porsanger, entire municipality
2021 Karasjok, entire municipality
2022 Lebesby, the following basic statistical units:
2023 Gamvik, entire municipality
2025 Tana, entire municipality
2027 Nesseby, entire municipality
2030 Sør-Varanger, the following basic statistical units:
0405 Grense Jakobselv
0505 Øvre Pasvik
1902 Tromsø, the following basic statistical units:
1913 Skånland, entire municipality
1919 Gratangen, entire municipality
1920 Lavangen, entire municipality
1923 Salangen, entire municipality
1925 Sørreisa, the following basic statistical units:
0102 Øvre Bakkejord
1933 Balsfjord, entire municipality
1936 Kalsøy, entire municipality
1938 Lyngen, entire municipality
1939 Storfjord, entire municipality
1940 Kåfjord, entire municipality
1941 Skjervøy, entire municipality
1942 Nordreisa, entire municipality
1943 Kvænangen, entire municipality
1805 Narvik, the following basic statistical units:
[0101 Veggen &– transferred to Evenes in 1999]
1849 Hamarøy, the following basic statistical units
1850 Tysfjord, entire municipality
1853 Evenes, the following basic statistical units:
0117 Veggen [transferred from Narvik in 1999]
Also included are the Sami population in Senja and in the rest of Lenvik municipality, the Sami population in the Southern Sami area and the settlement of Sarnes in Nordkapp in the geographical area of activity of the Sami Parliament subsidy schemes for business development . However, these areas are not included in the statistical source since the geographically-based statistics only cover the part of the STN’s area of activity where the entire population is the target group for the instruments. In these areas, the instruments are reserved for the Sami population and the Sami settlement is considered to be so scattered that the areas as a whole are not regarded as Sami communities.
Some of the figures in Sami statistics are too small to be published at municipal level. As an alternative publishing level between the municipal and county level, a regional breakdown of STN areas and Other areas per county has been devised. The breakdown is shown below. In the STN area lists, STN is indicated beside the names of municipalities that are only partly included in the STN area, and an asterisk (*) is used in the lists of Other areas.
2022 Lebesby, STN
2030 Sør-Varanger, STN
Øst-Finnmark, Other areas
Indre Finnmark, STN
2012 Alta, STN
2018 Måsøy, STN
2019 Nordkapp, STN
Vest-Finnmark, Other areas
1902 Tromsø, STN
1925 Sørreisa, STN
Sør-/Midt-Troms, Other areas
Nordre Nordland, STN
1805 Narvik, STN
1849 Hamarøy, STN
1853 Evenes, STN
Nordre Nordland, Other areas
Below is a list of the municipalities and/or counties covered by each of the seven electoral constituencies. All municipalities that are fully or partly included in the STN area are marked in italic in the list. The municipalities that are only partly included in the area are also marked with an asterisk (*). For the five constituencies that cover STN municipalities, an indication is also given in brackets of how many of the municipalities in the electoral constituency this applies to.
1. Østre electoral constituency: Sør-Varanger*, Nesseby, Vadsø, Vardø, Båtsfjord, Tana, Berlevåg, Lebesby* and Gamvik in Finnmark county (5 of 9)
2. Ávjovári electoral constituency: Karasjok, Kautokeino and Porsanger in Finnmark county (3 of 3)
3. Nordre electoral constituency: Nordkapp*, Måsøy*, Kvalsund, Hammerfest, Alta*, Hasvik and Loppa in Finnmark county and Skjervøy, Kvænangen and Nordreisa in Troms county (6 of 10)
4. Gáisi electoral constituency: Kåfjord, Storfjord, Lyngen, Karlsøy, Tromsø*, Balsfjord, Målselv, Bardu, Lenvik, Berg, Torsken, Tranøy and Sørreisa* in Troms county (5 of 13)
5. Vesthavet electoral constituency: Dyrøy, Salangen, Lavangen, Gratangen, Skånland, Ibestad, Harstad, Bjarkøy, Kvæfjord in Troms county and the municipalities from Saltdal, Beiarn and Meløy and northwards in Nordland county [including Evenes*, Tysfjord, Hamarøy*, Narvik*] (7 of 38)
6. Southern Sami electoral constituency: The municipalities from Rana and Rødøy and southwards in Nordland county, the counties Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag, the municipalities Surnadal, Rindal and Sunndal in Møre- og Romsdal county and the municipalities Engerdal, Rendalen, Os, Tolga, Tynset and Folldal in Hedmark county
7. South Norway electoral constituency: The municipalities in Møre og Romsdal and Hedmark counties that do not belong to electoral constituency 6, and the counties Sogn og Fjordane, Hordaland, Rogaland, Vest-Agder, Aust-Agder, Telemark, Buskerud, Vestfold, Akershus, Østfold, Oppland and Oslo.
Division for Population Statistics
Norway north of Saltfjellet/STN area as a whole/regionalised STN areas per county/municipalities and municipal sub-areas within the STN area/electoral constituencies
Every two years
There has long been a need for statistics that throw light on the Sami communities in Norway. This was the backdrop to the launch of the project “Sami-related statistics in Norway – contents, organisation and operation" in 2003. The project was a collaboration between Statistics Norway and the Nordic Sami Institute (now part of Sámi University College), and was commissioned by the Sami Parliament in Norway. As a result of this work, the first official Sami statistics were published in 2006.
The Sami Parliament, all levels of public administration, Sami organisations, the media and research institutes.
No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 08.00 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.
Statistics Act § 10
Since there is no collective register of the Sami population, it is difficult to produce statistics on the Sami as a group. The statistics therefore have a geographical delimitation, and are based on the geographical area of activity of the Sami Parliament subsidy schemes for business development ( known by its Norwegian initials STN), formerly the Sami Development Fund (SDF). The entire STN area is north of Saltfjellet. The Sami population south of Saltfjellet is not therefore included in the geographically-based statistics. Sami settlements in the south are so scattered that few areas are regarded as Sami communities, which means that Sami statistics here have little significance. The statistics cover subjects that are relevant to Sami communities in Norway; Sami Parliament elections, population size and composition, education, the use of Sami languages in kindergartens and schools, income and personal finances, employment, reindeer husbandry, agriculture and hunting and fishing.
The statistics are partly based on statistics already collated and published by Statistics Norway, and partly on data provided by various Sami institutions.
Where two or fewer persons are represented in a figure in a cell, and where this can lead to a person being identified in the published material, the figure is rounded up/down or replaced with dots.
Geographic time series at basic statistical unit level date back to 1990, when producing statistics at this level became standard practice.
Some errors during collection and processing are inevitable, such as coding errors, revision errors, errors in the data processing etc. Extensive efforts are made to minimise these errors, and we consider these types of errors to be negligible.
As a result of using the geographical breakdown as a statistics source, the statistics include persons within the STN area who do not consider themselves to be Sami, while Sami outside the STN are not included.