The 21st Saami Conference

Theme: “Oktasaš Sápmi - A common Sápmi”

The Conference will take place at Scandic Lerkendal Hotel in Trondheim, Norway, February 9th - 11th, 2017.


The Conference is the highest decision body of the Saami Council and is held every 4th year. The Conference will elect the Saami Council members and adopt a declaration that will set out the Saami Council priorities for the four years to come. This year the Conference will be a part of the 100 year anniversary of the first Saami cross-border congress, which took place in Trondheim on February 6th, 1917.

 It will be a memorable week where all the Saami people get together, from north to south, from east to west. It will be a week where we talk, connect, get inspired and have fun.

At the Saami Conference you will meet the decision makers, political leaders and the grassroots of the Saami people, together with the different national states as well as international friends and guests.

 The conference languages will be Saami, English, Russian and Scandinavian. 


Preliminary programme

Thursday 09.02.2017

08.00-08.45  Registration

09.00-10.00  Constitution of the 21st Saami Conference

10.00-13.00  Theme day: A Common Sápmi

13.00-14.00  Lunch

14.00-18.00  Theme day continued

20.00        Gala Dinner

         Cultural programme

         Presentation of the Saami Council's Honorary Award 2017


Friday 10.02.2017

09.00-10.00  Delegation meetings

10.00-12.00  Official opening of the 21st Saami Conference


         National Anthem of the Saami

         Opening speech by the President of the Saami Council

         Speeches from guests

12.00-13.00  Lunch

13.00-17.30  Saami Conference continued

19.00        Dinner


Saturday 11.02.2017

09.00-12.00  Saami Conference continued

12.00-13.00  Lunch

13.00-16.00  Saami Conference continued

16.00-18.00  First meeting and constitution of the new Saami Council

18.00        Press conference

19.30        Dinner


Sunday 12.02.2017

Travel day


Practical information


Conference Venue

The 21th Saami Conference will be held in Trondheim, Norway at the Scandic Lerkendal hotel. You can find more information on the venue at this web page

For more information about Trondheim City, please check out this web page


Sales/exhibition stands

The conference venue offers sales/exhibition stands for hire adjacent to the Saami Conference. 

A 6 m2 stand (inlcuding tables/chairs/power outlet) costs 500 NOK per day for the two first days. The cost for 3-5 days is 1500 NOK, in total. 

A 20 m2 stand costs 1000 NOK per day for the two first days. The cost for 3-5 days is 3000 NOK, in total.

For booking, contact G Travel in Trondheim,



The Saami Council has block reservation at the Scandic Lerkendal hotel for the participants. Please make your hotel reservation no later than 9th of December, 2016 by filling in the registration form if you wish to make a reservation through us.  Note: Each participant pays by themselves at departure. 


100 year anniversary – Tråante 2017

The 21th Saami Conference will be a part of Tråante 2017, a celebration marking the 100 years that have passed since the first congress for the Saami people. That meeting was held in Trondheim between February 6th and 9th in 1917. There will be a variety of celebrations and cultural arrangements during the whole week. For more information, see www.trå



Please check with your embassy if you need a visa to enter Norway. The Saami Council will be happy to assist you by providing an official invitation and with other questions concerning visa application. Please let us know as soon as possible. 



The Saami Council is unfortunately not able to provide any funding support for participation. The closest airport will be Værnes Trondheim lufthavn. There will be an airport shuttlebus that will take you to the hotel. It is also possible to travel to Trondheim by train. Check out for more information.



Registration will take place at the registration desk at the hotel from 6-8 pm local time February 8th 2017 and 8-9 am on February 9th. A conference badge will be issued to each participant.


Conference services

A conference secretary will be located at the conference venue.



The currency is Norwegian Kroner (NOK).



February will be winter time in Norway. Please bring warm clothes. 



Simultaneous interpretation will be provided to and from North Saami, Russian, Scandinavian and English.


Conference declaration

The outcome of the work of the 21th Saami Conference will be documented in a Declaration approved by the Conference. Decisions are made by consensus.