Sami Parliament of Norway, Karasjok, Finnmark, Norway 

The Sami Parliament of Norway was opened in 1989 and the seat is in Karasjok in Finnmark. It has 39 representatives who are elected every four years, simultaneously as Norway holds elections to the national parliament, Stortinget.

The electoral system for the Sami Parliament is based on the principle of proportional representation in multi-member electoral divisions. Proportional representation means that the representatives are distributed according to the relationship to one another of the individual electoral lists in terms of the number of votes they have received. Both political parties and other groups can put up lists at elections.

For the Sami parliamentary elections, Norway is divided into seven electoral divisions. Persons who have signed up to the Sami census are eligible to vote or be elected. To sign up, the person must consider themselves to be Sami, wither has Sami as his or her home language, or has parent, granparent or great-grandparent with Sami as home language. There are some 17,000 people who have signed up in Norway.

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