Northern Sami

Northern or North Sami (English: /ˈsɑːmi/ SAH-mee;[5] Northern Sami: davvisámegiella [ˈtavviːˌsaːmeˌkie̯lla]; Finnish: pohjoissaame [ˈpohjoi̯ˌsːɑːme]; Norwegian: nordsamisk; Swedish: nordsamiska; disapproved exonym Lappish or Lapp) is the most widely spoken of all Sami languages. The area where Northern Sami is spoken covers the northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland. The number of Northern Sami speakers is estimated to be somewhere between 15,000 and 25,000. About 2,000 of these live in Finland[6] and between 5,000 and 6,000 in Sweden.[7]

Northern Sami
Native toNorway, Sweden, Finland
Native speakers
(ca. 25,000 cited 1992–2013Gp)[1]
Latin (Northern Sami alphabet)
Northern Sami Braille
Official status
Official language in
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-1se
ISO 639-2sme
ISO 639-3sme
ELPNorth Saami
Speakers of Northern Sami