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Norwegianization (Fornorsking av samer) was an official policy carried out by the Norwegian government directed at the Sami and later the Kven people of northern Norway to assimilate non-Norwegian-speaking native populations into an ethnically and culturally uniform Norwegian population. [1]

The policy was discontinued in the 1980s and reparations were made in the form of financial support for Sámediggi, the Sami Parliament of Norway, and other related programs. In 1997, the King of Norway, HM King Harald V made an official apology on behalf of the government to the Sami and Kven People because of this government program:[2]

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  • Josefsen, Eva (2001) Challenging Politics: Indigenous Peoples' Experiences with Political Parties and Elections (Kathrin Wessendorf, ed., International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs.Chapter 2, Page 68) ISBN 978-8790730451
  • Hansen, Lars Ivar; Bjørnar Olsen (2004) Samenes historie fram til 1750 (Cappelen Damm Akademisk) ISBN 82-02-19672-8

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