Laponia Area (1996)
Sweden 

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UNESCO (Paris) 2005. World Cultural Heritage. Reindeer of the Laponian Area.

The Arctic Circle region of northern Sweden is the home of the Saami people. 

It is the biggest and one of the last places with an ancestral way of life based on the seasonal movement of livestock. 

  • UNESCO (Paris) 2005. Reindeer of the Laponia area. 
Every summer, the Saami lead their immense herds of reindeer towards the mountains through a natural landscape hitherto preserved, but now threatened by the advent of motor vehicles.  
  • The below set of five stamps from the Laponia Area were issued by Sweden in 1970. The set was engraved by Czeslaw Slania.  Booklet pane. 

Sweden 1970. World Cultural Heritage. Laponia area. Stamp #1 of five.

Historic and on-going geological processes can be seen in the glacial moraines and changing water courses. The region has many extremely beautiful sceneries, with deep valleys and powerful rivers. 

Sweden 1970. World Cultural Heritage. Laponia area. Stamp #2 of five. Sweden 1970. World Cultural Heritage. Laponia area. Stamp #3 of five.

The area is of outstanding universal value as it contains examples of ongoing geological, biological and ecological processes, a great variety of natural phenomena of exceptional beauty and significant biological diversity including a population of brown bear and alpine flora. 

Sweden 1970. World Cultural Heritage. Laponia area. Stamp #4 of five. Sweden 1970. World Cultural Heritage. Laponia area. Stamp #5 of five.

The site has been occupied continuously by the Saami people since prehistoric times, and is one of the last and unquestionably largest and best preserved examples of an area of transhumance, involving summer grazing by large reindeer herds, a practice that was widespread at one time and which dates back to an early stage in human economic and social development. 

Sweden 1977. World Cultural Heritage. Europa stamp. Rapatal Valley in Sarek National Park in Laponia.

Sweden 1974. Grand Falls (Stora Sjöfallet) in the Laponia Area.

Sweden 1990. World Cultural Heritage. Grizzly in the Swedish National Parks in the Laponia Area.

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