"...I also want to mention that many peoples expect that the Saami have their own symbol, and that the Saami have a symbol based on the notion that the Saami are one people and that we have our own homeland."
Representative of the Saami Council Mr. Lars Anders Baer, 8th Saami Conference, Åre 13.-15.8.1986
National symbols are meant to unite the people by forming a symbolic representative for a nation's and people's values, goals and history. These symbols are often used at festivities and celebrations. The Saami flag, Saami national days, the National Day of the Saami People and the national anthem of the Saami are examples of national symbols.