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09.10.2015

The archive of the Suenjel Skolt Sámi community has been selected to be included in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register

The archive of the Suenjel Skolt Sámi community has been accepted in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register at UNESCO meeting held in Abu Dhabi 9 Oct. 2015. Only a fraction of items proposed are accepted into the Memory of the World Register. The selection demonstrates the exceptional value of the archive of the Suenjel Skolt Sámi community among documented cultural heritage.

The Suenjel Skolt Sámi community archive is the greatest treasury of the Sámi population's documented cultural history. Its oldest preserved document dates from 1601, and the latest is from 1775. The selection means that the archive will now join the likes of the Magna Carta, the Gutenberg Bible and Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Earlier Finnish entries in the register include A. E. Nordenskiöld's map collection (1997) as well as the library collection and archives of the Radziwill family (2009; in cooperation with Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine).

The proposal submitted by the National Archives was supported by the Skolt village meetings of Nellim-Keväjärvi and Näätämö, the Finnish Sámi Parliament, the Saa´mi Nue´tt Association (cultural association of the Skolt Sámi), the Skolt Sámi Cultural Foundation, Finnish National Commission for UNESCO and Finnish National Committee for UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. Finland could only make one proposal, and the archive of the Suenjel Skolt Sámi community was selected as the Finnish candidate.

For further information, please contact:

Jussi Nuorteva, Director General, National Archives, tel. +358 29 533 7001

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