One (or four) of the main reasons that make Helsingia/Hälsingland such an interesting shire or landscap (landskap):
In Helsingia there are Saamis who
– as far as we know are indigenous in the area
– are deported here from southern areas, Central Sweden
– fled from the slavery-like conditions in forced mining work, religious oppression etc
– since ancient times used the pasturage here for their reindeer,
from counties/landscape/shires like Härjedalen and Jämtland. This are the Mountain Saamis, and they might have used these areas since the 1600s.
Picture: Föne, parish Färila, classical Saami grounds.