Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Scandinavian Reindeer War Looming


Reindeer herders in the north of Sweden are considering releasing their flocks over the border to graze in Norway. At issue is a conflict over grazing regulations in the border area. Grazing land is precious in the far north, and now a conflict looms over the rights to it. The pending move by the native Swedish sami people is expected to spur protests from their counterparts on the Norwegian side of the border. "We won't get into fist fights, that's a bit too primitive," says Per Gunnar Harnesk of Sirges, the largest sami town along the Swedish border with Norway. "But we're prepared for a number of conflicts and police reports," Harnesk told newspaper Dagens Nyheter. According to the Swedish newspaper, Swedish and Norwegian authorities haven't managed to agree on how grazing areas along the border should be regulated. A 1972 amendment to regulations first laid down in 1751 expired on May 1, meaning that the 244-year-old law now applies. It holds that those reindeer herders who find it natural to let their animals graze on the other side of the border have a right to do so. The Norwegian grazing lands are viewed as better than the Swedish ones. The same old rules also allow for the Swedes to hunt and fish in Norway. 

5 Comments:

At May 10, 2005 4:58 PM, Blogger Bourgeois Hippy said...

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At May 10, 2005 5:00 PM, Blogger Mike V. said...

Wasn't Denmark running the show in 1751? So any Swedish reindeer that infiltrate the border should be shipped off to the pound in Copenhagen.

 
At May 10, 2005 6:01 PM, Blogger the adventuress said...

Reindeer grass shortage? Feed them the occasional ground up elf, they'll be okay :)

 
At May 10, 2005 7:54 PM, Anonymous Mustang said...

Fjordman: How large are the herds? Beyond the political issues, how ecologically significant will this problem be to Norway?
Thanks ...

 
At May 10, 2005 8:34 PM, Blogger Fjordman said...

"How large are the herds?"

I don't have the slightest idea. I live in southern Norway. You usually only see reindeer in the far north, north of the Arctic Circle. To us in the south, reindeer are probably as exotic as they are for you.

 

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