The vast majority are ethnic Swedes, with minorities of Laplanders , Finns, Estonians, Latvians, Norwegians, and Danes, and, in the late twentieth century, immigrants from southeastern Europe and the Middle East.
The practices for doing this vary very little all over the world - amongst the Australian Aborigines, the Laplanders in northern Russia, the Inuit and American Indians, or the native Shamans in the Amazon jungles.
‘In summer, we fish and make love,’ one Laplander deadpanned.
The landscape - mainly lakes and forests stretching to the horizon - becomes carpeted with wildflowers and the Laplanders themselves, starved of sun during the winter, spend every possible moment they can out of doors.
What do you say when a Laplander calls and asks you to retrieve his snow-scooter from the bottom of a lake?