The municipality (of which the urban area is a part,) has Sami and Norwegian as official languages.
The municipality is one of two in Norway where the majority of inhabitants speak Sami and have it as their main language.
History[change | change source]
World War II[change | change source]
During World War II a Nazi concentration camp was built in Karasjok: Lager IV Karasjok (German for "Karasjok Camp No.4", Norwegian: Karasjok fangeleir). The camp was run by SS, and it was among the first four Nazi concentration camps in Northern Norway.
In July 1943, 374 political prisoners and POWs prisoners [mostly Yugoslav,] were brought to the concentration camp. They were tasked with widening the road to Karigasniemi, Finland. After four or five months, only 111 of these prisoners were still alive. At the end of the prisoners' stay in Karasjok, before transportation out of Karasjok, 45 prisoners were massacred by the firing of small arms. At least one former prisoner is (as of 2013) still alive.
After World War II[change | change source]
In 2015 the second edition of Sapmi Pride, the LGBT pride festival, was held in Karasjok. To protest homosexuals attending the Karasjok Church, and to protest that a female priest held the services, Norges Samemisjon cancelled one of their radio broadcasts. 
Education[change | change source]
Main language of students at secondary school[change | change source]
The Sami secondary school, is one of two in Norway (as of 2014); 73% of the schools students say that Sami is their main language; 27% say that Sami is their second language (as of the school year that started in [August] 2009 and ended in [June] 2010); That school is run by the government.
References[change | change source]
- ÁVJOVÁRRI URFOLKSREGION I ET SAMISK PERSPEKTIV. page 19
- Dalfest, Terje; Askheim, Svein (19 January 2019). "Karasjok" – via Store norske leksikon.
- Sigurd Bakke Styrvold, "Heil og Sæl. Jeg er utdannet morder!" - Den norske SS Vaktbataljon 1942 – 45" (PDF), MA in history - University of Oslo (in Norwegian), p. 14
- Timm C. Richter. Krieg und Verbrechen: Situation und Intention: Fallbeispiele. 2006. p. 114
- Sigurd Bakke Styrvold, "Heil og Sæl. Jeg er utdannet morder!" - Den norske SS Vaktbataljon 1942 – 45" (PDF), MA in history - University of Oslo (in Norwegian), p. 14,
Det fantes på forskjellige tidspunkter flere serberleire i Norge, men de norske vaktene gjorde bare tjeneste i de fire første; Lager I Beisfjord, Lager II Elsfjord, Lager III Rognan (også kjent som Botn) og Lager IV Karasjok
- Disse fangene bygget «blodveien» – og så ble de henrettet - De jugoslaviske fangene som var i Karasjok under andre verdenskrig skulle bare bygge veien til Finland, og deretter skulle de ikke eksistere mer. [These prisoners built 'the blood road' - and then they were executed - The Yugoslavian prisoners that were in Karasjok during World War Two, were only to build a road to Finland, and thereafter they were not to exist anymore]
- Larsen, Dan Robert (24 May 2013). "Følelsesladet møte med Karasjok". NRK.
- Larsen, Dan Robert (2 June 2016). "Flytter Sápmi Pride til Kautokeino". NRK.
- Fornyings-, administrasjons-og kirkedepartementet (20 August 2018). "Fakta om samiske språk". Regjeringen.no.
- "Urbefolkningen i tall - samisk statistikk". ssb.no.