Saami, Lule


A language of Sweden

Alternate Names
“Lapp” (pej.), Lule, Saami

1,500 in Sweden (Krauss 1992). 1,000–2,000 speakers in Norway and Sweden (Salminen 2007). Population total all countries: 2,000. Ethnic population: 6,000.


Lapland, Gällivare and Jokkmokk, along Lule river. Also in Norway.

Language Status

2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in administrative area municipalities located in at least part of the following counties: Dalarna, Jämtland, Norrbotten, Västerbotten (2009, NMNML Act No. 724, Article 6).


Quite distinct from other Saami.

Language Use

Language use has recently been activated to some extent. Younger speakers may nevertheless prefer Swedish [swe] (2007). Used by few children.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%–100%. NT: 1903–2003.
Latin script.
Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Saami.

Also spoken in:

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