Dear Readers,

I’m willing to bet that you, too, think the University of Lapland is far away. Geographically we are indeed at the edge of Europe.

Yet the world has never been larger and smaller at the same time as it is today. In the North, we feel the trends in the world economy; we come face to face with global changes in the environment and societies; we engage in the international academic debate. Yes, we are just as central as others, sometimes even more so.

Capturing this moment – how the global and the local meet in the North – is what has inspired this inaugural issue of Latitude – University of Lapland Magazine.

Sari Väyrynen
Managing Editor



Nature has kept indigenous peoples in the Arctic alive for millennia. But what are their chances of survival in our changing world?

Researchers on rights and identity, as well as a rocking Skolt, tell how the how the peoples are faring today.

Globalisation comes to Lapland’s forests. Will the Thai rice farmer become a symbol of global inequality?

Reindeer beats pizza by a nose: It’s time for local culture to walk tall.

Popular culture styles homosexuals as superconsumers. Postgraduate student Ari Virtanen wonders in his column if there is room for any other gays.