All countries around the Baltic Sea are home to a number of linguistic and ethnic minorities. This collection of articles provides essential knowledge of some of the largest minorities in the area and of the particular challenges facing them in the 21st century. The minority groups covered are the Sámi people, the national minorities in Sweden, the Russians living in the Baltic States and the different minorities living in Poland. A more general article reflecting on the concept and definition of minorities in Europe is also included.
The articles seem to underline two basic facts: Europe is unintelligible without some knowledge of its minorities and historic communities, and, that Europe is a continent fulled with many visible and invisible borders.