Icy conditions in Sweden causing trouble for Sami reindeer herds

Hans Holma, chair of the Muonio reindeer herding area. Credit: (Alexander Linder/Sveriges Radio)
  • So far this year, 22 reindeer herding areas in northern Sweden have applied to the Sami Parliament for emergency compensation, because ice is making it difficult for their reindeer to get at food, news agency TT reports.
  • Reindeer husbandry manager Lars-Ove Sjajn tells TT that what’s unique about this winter are that so many areas had already applied before New Year’s.
  • Reindeer herder and chair of the Muonio reindeer herding area, Hans Holma, tells Radio Sweden about the difficulties that this winter’s conditions, with wide variations in temperature, are posing.
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For more on how icy conditions are affecting reindeers’ ability to reach their food, listen to Radio Sweden’s full report.

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