Scandinavia and the World

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A Big F You 25 11, 11:24am

@Siljevalkyrie It wasn't really until Christianity came to Scandinavia, that the Sami started to be treated badly. Sadly they got hit hard when they first were treated badly, and the result of that are still visible today.

The vikings had good relations with the sami populations through trade. In Norway the northernmost viking chieftains did tax the Sami though, which makes perfect sense since those chieftains would likely be the ones with the most power in the region anyway.

Another fact I always liked, was that the vikings saw the Sami as a people that possessed great/er magical abilities. So it was somewhat common for viking men to marry sami Women, so that some of that magic would rub off.