Sweden – The name Jokkmokk is Sámi for the words “river” and “bend”, since the town is situated close to a bend in the nearby river. Jokkmokk is known for its Sámi market held the first weekend every February. This market has been held for more than 400 years.
Jokkmokk, just north of the Arctic Circle, has been a meeting place for trade, gatherings, festivals and meetings between friends from far and near. This is the site of Ájtte, Swedish Mountain and Sami Museum, a gateway to the high mountains to Swedish Lapland and to the Sami culture.
The theme for this year is “warmth in the cold”, and the program for this year is full of events – literally hundreds of different experiences in and around the market area.
Every year is a little bit of an anniversary. In our rapidly changing world it has almost become unusual to meet a person in person. Maybe in the future the market will just be an app! Jokkmokk’s Market is a meetingplace. What would life be like without exciting, funny and warm meetings? Who knows who you might meet in the crowd. Old friends who want to catch up on your life and new friends you learn to know who after a few years have become old friends who want to catch up on your life… In this year’s theme: Warmth in the Cold, these warm meetings of friends are part of that reality. But there is also much more that is warm when one visits Jokkmokk at the beginning of February, when temperatures are often far below freezing. Warm fireplaces. Warm locally produced food to fuel our bodies. Warm clothes, caps, shoes, gloves and other things we need in the cold. Activities guarantee to warm you up, such as a hike in snow-shoes, or attending a dance at Folkets hus. Or a lecture or exhibit about the art of keeping warm. The program provides a wide variety of activities where everyone can find that which suits them.We are proud that Jokkmokk’s Market has been certified as an environment-friendly event by Håll Sverige Rent.We trust that everyone will help us live up to this certification. It’s not that difficult to put trash into the right containers. And why not car-pool to the market, which will also give you company? Once you get here, everything is within walking distance.During the market days the Tourist Information Office sells an inexpensive re-usable shopping bag. Use it for your purchases and help us avoid plastic shopping bags.We wish all our visitors to the market a very warm welcome! Birgitta Nilsson Head of the Market committee