15,000 in Norway (Krauss 1992). Population total all countries: 20,700. Ethnic population: 30,000–40,000 in Norway (1995 M. Krauss).
Finnmark, Troms provinces; Nordland province, Ofoten. Also in Finland, Sweden.
2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in Sami Administrative District (1987, Sami Act, No. 12, Article 3).
Ruija, Sea Lappish, Torne. Two-thirds of all Saami speak Ruija dialect.
In central Finnmark Province, where North Saami has an official status, many children learn the language and are likely to continue to use it in adulthood (2007). All ages.
Formerly called “Finns” which they consider derogatory.