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Ramona Langstrom

 Ramona Langstrom is a young Finnish Romani woman who preserves the culture of her ancestors quite happily. 

Ramona Langstrom

 Ramona Langstrom is a young Finnish Romani woman who preserves the culture of her ancestors quite happily. 

 "Our culture and traditions are founded on respect for our elders.”

Ramona Langstrom is a young Finnish Romani woman who preserves the culture of her ancestors quite happily.

Wearing traditional Romani dress, she often gets a mixed response in her native Finland, but she is proud to present herself as Roma.

The Roma have been living in Finland for over 500 years and today around 10,000 Roma are living in Finland while roughly 3,000 Finnish Roma live in neighboring Sweden.

Despite such a long history it was not until 1917, when Finland declared independence, that the Roma ere given full citizenship and rights.

A significant proportion of Romani men fought for Finland during the Second World War which helped to improve integration in the country.

However, it was not until the 1970s that legislation was introduced to defend the Roma from discrimination.

The following decade saw the Finnish state provide support for the teaching of the Romanes language whereby schools are legally obliged to supply classes if requested.

 

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