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