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Jokkmokk marknad 2009 is almost here Posted by on Jan 14, 2009 in Culture

As Gimena pointed out it’s almost time for the Sami market in Jokkmokk. And darn, this year I won’t be able to go. I went in 2005 when the market celebrated its 400-year anniversary, and let me tell you, it was really something. Unfortunately, I lost my camera that time… And finding a place to stay was almost impossible. Normally, all the hotels and rooms in private homes are booked well in advance. Yes, the market is THAT popular.

I just called the Jokkmokk tourist office to see how’s it’s going this year, and they told me the town is pretty much fully booked.

Why is the event so popular? This is THE Sami market in the world. And like I mentioned before, it’s been going on for more than 400 years. If you are interested in the Sami culture, there is no better place to visit.

photo: Jokkmokk guiderna

I am particularly upset that I can’t go this year, because one of my favorite Swedish indie bands – Mollet will be playing at the market.

Mollet are six Sami guys from Kiruna, who play what can be described as “garage jojk” or indigenous rock. And yes, they also sing in the Sami language.

They will be playing at the Jokkmokk market on February 6th at 10PM.
You can check out their music on their myspace page. Normally, when I’m driving long distances, you can see, or rather, hear me in the car jojking along to “Olles ija.

OK, now på svenska.

Var ligger Jokkmokk?
Jokkmokk ligger strax norr om polcirkeln, i hjärtat av Lappland.
Jokkmokk är känt för Jokkmokks marknad, som firade 400-årsjubileum i februari 2005, samt för sin roll som en central samisk samlingsplats.

Horse races are for wusses. We have reindeer races in Jokkmokk!

photo: hakimu, creative commons

PS. And don’t you just love saying “Jokkmokk“? It just sort of rolls off your tongue, doesn’t it?

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  1. ceci:

    hej! the and is interesting to listen! and i reccomend also jokkmokk s webcams, where somedays you can see northern lights!
    ha det bra!



  2. David from Oregon:

    “Jokkmokk“ doesn’t seem to roll off my tongue very easily. How is it pronounced? I would guess it sounds like ‘Yoke-Moke” with long o vowels.

  3. David from Oregon:

    For more music in the Sami language listen to Sofia Jannok at
    http://webbtv.dn.se/index.aspx?id=4910. She begins in Swedish to explain the song for those who can’t speak Sami and then sings in Sami.

  4. Onur:

    I was at Jokkmokk yesterday. I think your post tipped me over and I joined a university trip instead of going skiing. What a day!

    Although I was practically hypothermic all day, it was totally worth it.

    Thanks 🙂

  5. Mollet:

    Thanks Anna!

    To bad You couldn’t get to Jokkmokk.
    We did a great consert and also presented 2 new songs.

    It was awesome, but cold, playing in a huge Lávvu (tipi-tent).


  6. Anna:

    Hi Mollet!
    I was hoping to catch you guys in Umeå in March, but it looks like I’ll be traveling again. Bummer!

    I’m so glad you liked it!!! I’m totally jealous now. Do you have any photos you’d like to share?

    Thanks for the Sofia Jannok link. 🙂

    you should be in Lapland very soon, is that right?