300 in Finland (Salminen 2007). Population total all countries: 650. Ethnic population: 500 in Finland (1995 M. Krauss).
Lapland, Inari county, Sevettijärvi region. Also in Russian Federation.
7 (Shifting). Statutory language of provincial identity in Sodankyla in Lapland, 3 municipalities elsewhere (2003, Sami Language Act No. 1086).
Very few children learn the language (2007). Mainly older adults. Also use Finnish [fin].
Moved to Finland from Russia during World War II. Christian.