From Saturday the northern county of Finnmark will be owned by its residents, "Finnmarkingene".
Tomorrow the Norwegian state will release an area worth NOK 35 billion (USD 5.56 billion) to the residents of Finnmark County. Up until now the state has owned Finnmark, with only about five percent of the county, which is the size of Denmark, in private hands.
Now the elected representatives of the Sameting
, the Sami parliament, and the county council will be in charge, via the company Finnmarkseiendommen (Finnmark Property).
Crown Prince Haakon was present for the occasion, the formal ceremony taking place at Brennelvnes in Lakselv, in the middle of Finnmark. Fisheries Minister Helga Pedersen, Justice Minister Knut Storberget and Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion Bjarne H?kon Hanssen took part in the official transfer of the deed to Egil Olli, the chairman of Finnmarkseiendommen.
The transfer is the largest of its type in Norway, and encompasses 45,000 square kilometers (17,375 square miles) of natural resources and riches.
"This is a great day. We won't be able to quite understand exactly how important this day really is," Olli said.
The previously state-owned land will become common property for Finnmark's populace. Now a major mapping of possible claims of rights to local property begins, and a special commission will assess these applications, with a special tribunal set up to settle eventual disputes.
source : http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article1373451.ece
Finnmark is the land of the sami people.