The European Heritage Forums are an annual international crossroads for all stakeholders, professional or voluntary, involved in the interpretation, communication and dissemination of the cultural heritage organised in the context of the European Heritage Days (EHD). In 2011 the title of the Forum is: “Value the Heritage! European Heritage and Economic Development” and the themes being discussed are: ''Multifaceted heritage as a resource''; ''Heritage during the financial crisis – luxury or necessity?''; ''The economic potential of heritage beyond tourism''; and ''Heritage and sustainable development''.

 European Heritage Days represent a joint action of the Council of Europe and The European Union.




Have a look at this photo of Sven-Åke Risfjell taken while he was working on his Sámi "duodji" piece in his workshop. Sven-Åke is a "duojar", someone who produces handicrafts.


JOKKMOKK- part 1


A WINTER REINDEER SANCTUARY IN NORTHERN SWEDEN IN THE VERY HEART OF SÁPMI A group of Sami people, an indigenous nation of northern Europe inhabiting the informal state of Sápmi, traditionally keep their reindeer in the forests surrounding Jokkmokk during the winter season. This is a cradle of Sami culture and trading, where people harvest the advantages of modern living while still respecting their old ways.


JOKKMOKK- part 2


Jokkmokk’s Winter Market, established by the Swedish King Karl IX, is a unique winter festival in Europe with 400 years of tradition. Even though the temperature can drop to -30˚C, most of the trading takes place outside along the main street.