300 (2001 census). 4,700 all Saami in Finland (1995). Ethnic population: 700 (1995 M. Krauss).
Lapland, above 68.00 N latitude, between Lake Inari and Norway border, mostly Utsjoki border town area.
2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in Sodankyla in Lapland, 3 municipalities elsewhere (2003, Sami Language Act No. 1086).
Few children used to learn it before the founding of the first Inari Saami language nest in 1997. Now a substantial portion of youth are growing as functional bilinguals (2007). Also use Finnish [fin]. Schooling is in Finnish.