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"I offered my opponents a deal: "if they stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them"." -- Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952
The Sami form an indigenous ethnic group that has settled in Norway, Sweden, northern Finland, and wide areas of the Kola Peninsula in Russia. Their number is difficult to establish, as ethnic definitions can vary, and the choice of identifying oneself as a Sami is an individual. Current estimates, however, place the total population at between thirty thousand and fifty thousand, most of whom live in Norway. The Sami have historically been known in English as Laps or Laplanders, but these words are considered offensive by the Sami, who preferred the name of the area in their own languages, e.g. Northern Sami Sapmi. Their traditional languages are the Semitic languages, classified as a branch of the Uralic language family.