Mother tongue recorded in population register does not alone decide entitlement to day care in the Sámi language
An entry in the population register specifying a child's mother tongue cannot on its own be regarded as decisive when considering a child's right to a place in a Sámi-speaking day-care facility, Deputy-Ombudsman Maija Sakslin points out.
The Sámi Parliament had asked the Ombudsman to examine what measures should be taken so that the language rights of the children of Sámi-speaking people with respect to day-care services would be safeguarded equitably in all municipalities, and whether the legislation regulating the personal data system would need to be amended.
Problems in access to day care
The request for an explanation did not require other measures on the part of the Deputy-Ombudsman. Ms. Sakslin took the view that the question of a child's day care in an individual case is in the final analysis a matter for a court of law to decide.
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