Legal battle over hunting and fishing in Sweden’s far north

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The Sami, organised into villages, are the only ones with the right to herd reindeer in Sweden. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
A legal battle between the Swedish state and a Sami community in the far north is heading to the Supreme Court.

The Sami village of Girjas won a court battle last month with the Swedish state over hunting and fishing rights in its territory.

The appeals court said the group has a “better right” than the state to control the small game hunting and fishing there but not the sole right.

Now both sides are appealing the ruling to the supreme court.

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