Southern Sámi

Southern or South Sámi (åarjelsaemien gïele, Norwegian: sørsamisk, Swedish: sydsamiska) is the southwesternmost of the Sámi languages, and is spoken in Norway and Sweden. It is an endangered language; the strongholds of this language are the municipalities of Snåsa, Røyrvik, Røros (Trøndelag, Central Norway) and Hattfjelldal (Nordland, Northern Norway) in Norway.

Southern Sámi
åarjelsaemien gïele
RegionNorway, Sweden
Native speakers
(600 cited 1992)[1]
Official status
Official language in
Hattfjelldal, Røros, Snåsa and Røyrvik in  Norway[2]
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-2sma
ISO 639-3sma
ELPSouth Saami
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Åarjel-saemiej skuvle (Southern Sámi school) and maanagierte (kindergarten) in Snåsa.

It is possible to study Southern Sámi at Nord University in Levanger, Umeå University in Umeå, and Uppsala University in Uppsala. In 2018, two master's degrees were written in the language at Umeå University.[4] Language courses are also offered in different Sámi language centres throughout the south Sámi area.

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