Sámi languages

Sámi languages (/ˈsɑːmi/ SAH-mee[4]), in English also rendered as Sami and Saami, are a group of Uralic languages spoken by the Sámi people in Northern Europe (in parts of northern Finland, Norway, Sweden, and extreme northwestern Russia). There are, depending on the nature and terms of division, ten or more Sami languages. Several spellings have been used for the Sámi languages, including Sámi, Sami, Saami, Saame, Sámic, Samic and Saamic, as well as the exonyms Lappish and Lappic. The last two, along with the term Lapp, are now often considered pejorative.[5]

Sami, Saami, Samic
Native toFinland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden
Native speakers
(30,000 cited 1992–2013)[1]
Early form
Official status
Official language in
Norway;[2][3] recognized as a minority language in several municipalities of Finland and Sweden.
Language codes
ISO 639-2smi
ISO 639-3Variously:
sma  Southern
sju  Ume
sje  Pite
smj  Lule
sme  Northern
sjk  Kemi
smn  Inari
sms  Skolt
sia  Akkala
sjd  Kildin
sjt  Ter
Recent distribution of the Sami languages: 1. Southern Sami, 2. Ume Sami, 3. Pite Sami, 4. Lule Sami, 5. Northern Sami, 6. Skolt Sami, 7. Inari Sami, 8. Kildin Sami, 9. Ter Sami. Darkened area represents municipalities that recognize Sami as an official or minority language.

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