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Cultural diversity

Through the centuries, the Pasvik valley has been a meeting place for different cultures and peoples. Traditions have merged and developed over time. Today there are many cultural offerings for all age groups.

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Cultural life and traditions

The Pasvik valley is a meeting place for different cultures. The people have learned from one another and benefited from one another’s knowledge. Many traditions have been carried on and developed further. Raw ingredients like fish, meat and berries are used in new variations, although still based on the old knowledge. There is a long tradition of using hides from reindeer, cattle and sheep, and skin from fish.

The people of the valley have exploited the resources offered by nature. Craft traditions from Norwegian, North Sami, Finnish and East Sami cultures are maintained by home crafts associations and individuals. The Pasvik valley’s roots are clearly visible if you take a trip to one of the local cultural days or Christmas markets.

The schools are important as culture-bearers and there is a great deal of interest in local history. Many children learn Finnish and Sami at school. Contacts with our Russian and Finnish neighbours are attended to through various collaborative projects.

Meeting with Venke Tørmænen

Pasvikdalen leikaring 17. mai 2005. Leikaringen er aktiv og har flere finske danser på reportoaret. Bunader og kofter viser det kulturelle mangfoldet blant befolkningen i Pasvik. (Foto: Ingar G Henriksen)

Pasvik valley folk dance group, 17 May 2005. The group has Norwegian and foreign dances in its repertoire. The different costumes show the cultural diversity among Pasvik’s population. (Photo: Ingar G Henriksen)


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