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Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM)
The priority of the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM) is observance of minority rights, in view of the fact that the Arctic is inhabited by a large number of peoples whose ethnic origin differs from that of the Finns. NIEM works to ensure that ethnic minorities can develop in a way that is compatible with their traditions, culture and way of life, and that they can affect decisions that impact them. It studies and documents nomadic peoples inhabiting the Arctic, and organizes seminars and conferences aimed at drawing attention to ethnic minority rights. The Institute also arranges lectures at the University of Lapland.

Environmental protection is the other purpose of the Institute. As the Arctic is particularly threatened by climate change, the Institute does climate research in subpolar areas.
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Contact: Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
Pohjoisranta 4, P.O. Box 122
FIN-96101 Rovaniemi
Tel.: +358 (16) 3412 758; 3412 594
Fax: +358 (16) 3412 777
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