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Gypsies: Ethnic-Cultural Minority in the Finnish Society

Type of publication: Research Article

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Nataliia V. Shlygina | Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology RAS


finland gypsies, repression years, state and church policies, problems of nomadic and sedentary life, contemporary social and cultural situation


The article discusses the Kale group of Gypsies which make one of the indigenous ethnic-cultural minorities in Finland. It examines the centuries-long policies of the state and church toward the Gypsies, related to the nomadic ways, means of livelihood, and attitudes to Christian norms among the latter. The author makes estimates on the contemporary situation of the Gypsies both in the social-economic domain and the cultural realm.


Shlygina, N.V. 2011. Gypsies: Ethnic-Cultural Minority in the Finnish Society 1: 88-97

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