The Yakuts, or the Sakha (Yakut: саха, sakha; plural: сахалар, sakhalar), are a Turkic ethnic group who mainly live in the Republic of Sakha in the Russian Federation, with some extending to the Amur, Magadan, Sakhalin regions, and the Taymyr and Evenk Districts of the Krasnoyarsk region. The Yakut language belongs to the Siberian branch of the Turkic languages. The Russian word yakut was taken from Evenk yokō. The Yakuts call themselves Sakha, or Urangai Sakha (Yakut: Уран Саха, Uran Sakha) in some old chronicles.[7]

Flag of Yakutia
A Yakut family
Total population
c. 500,000
Regions with significant populations
 Russia478,085 (2010 census)[1]
 Kazakhstan415 (2009 census)[2][3][4]
 Ukraine304 (2001 census)[5]
 Latvia37 (2021 statistics)[6]
Yakut, Russian
Shamanism, Eastern Orthodoxy
Related ethnic groups
Dolgans, Tuvans, Khakas, Altay, Mongols and Buryats (partially, possibly through Kurykans), Xiongnu, other Turkic people
Percentages of Yakuts in the districts of Yakutia according to the 2010 census
An indigenous Sakha speaker

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