The King with Hans Groth, Head of Department at Norrbotten County Administrative Board, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling and Minister for Agriculture Eskil Erlandsson at the ceremonial opening of the Sami Parliament. Photo: Carl-Johan Utsi/Scanpix
On Wednesday 28 August, The King attended the ceremonial opening of the Sami Parliament at the Hotel Jokkmokk.
President of the Sami Parliament Assembly Stefan Mikaelsson gave a welcoming address and the Sami national anthem was sung in different Sami dialects. President of the Sami Parliament Håkan Jonsson also gave a speech, and the winner of the Sami Parliament Election Committee's drawing competition, Naimi Kråik Johansson, was announced. Guests included Speaker of the Parliament of Greenland Lars-Emil Johansen, Australia's ambassador Gerald Thomson and Canada's ambassador Kenneth Macartney. Sweden's Minister for Agriculture Eskil Erlandsson and Minister for Trade Ewa Björling also attended.