Between 1935-1975,for the purpose of creating an Aryan Swedish race,63.000 handicapped minority Saami women with epilepsy or social problems were sterilized.
Sweden's native population called Saami were under heavy oppression and assimilation starting from 1950.Genocide continued until 1980,deportations,to prevent population increase Saami and Tatar women were sterilized,biological experiments were practiced on them and their language was banned.Their numbers dropped to 17.000 and their schools were closed.
Sweden's name was in the list of genocidal countries of 20th century with Norway because of the violence against their minorities.
The oppression policies of Sweden against Saami were proved and accepted.A heavy assimilation policy until 1990s by Sweden didnt allow Saami people to have peace.Their native language,beliefs were banned and they were forced to convert to Christianity.The new born babies were getting blessed again secretly at homes according shaman traditions after they get baptized by force at the churches.Especialy after 1920,to prevent population exchange,more than 60.000 Saami were sterilized.More than 90% of these were women.
In the begining of 1900s,based on protecting the aryan race theory,a heavy isolation policy in Denmark,Sweden and Finland was practiced.The lands of Saami were taken away and they were not allowed to buy new property or land.They were forced to migrate.Until World War 2,the notion of "one nation" got stronger and because of heavy oppression and life conditions Saami population decreased to 10.000
Saamis are an asiatic people.Speaking an Uralic-Altaic language.They migrated to scandinavia from Russia's Kola island and asia.They cant be defined as settlers,they are migrating people.Their main source of income was hunting deers and other animals.Starting from 17th century,Norway and Sweden started to assimilate Saamis by forcing them to convert to Christianity.Their social and cultural identity started to get destroyed.Their native language was banned and they were forced to learn swedish and norweigan at schools.All these policies were practiced by Swedish monarchy and Swedish goverments.All this assimilation policies and sufferings of Saami people were proven and accepted by a court decision in february 1996.
Because of the racist and colonialist nature and mentality Saamis were also called Lapps/Lupons.Means patched dress.A complete humiliation.The region they live is called Sapmi,in colonialist language as "Lappland".A commission formed in 1983 suggested to Swedish goverment to give series of economic,ethnic and constitutional rights to Saamis in a report they finished in 1989.But none of these were accepted by Swedish goverment.Saami language is not the education language in Saami schools.There are none that can speak and teach Saami language in an academic level in Sweden today.
Now after all this.Not hearing the name Saami makes sense doesnt it?
A Saami family