The opposition to the construction of the Alta Dam in the 1970s pioneered the struggle against large dams throughout Europe.

The Sami indigenous communities in northern Norway linked their struggle against the dam to their cultural and political rights within the state. After intensive demonstrations, including two hunger strikes and months of work stoppages, their struggle paid off: the Norwegian government significantly reduced the original draft and made changes to preserve the natural beauty of the river, in addition to introducing constitutional amendments that officially recognized the cultural, social and political life of the Sami people.


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