21,900 (2010 census). Ethnic population: 41,300 including both Forest Nenets and Tundra Nenets.
Northwest Siberia, north Dvina river mouth tundra area to Yenisei river delta; scattered in Kola peninsula, Nenets and Yamalia autonomous regions; Krasnoyarsk District.
Forest Yurak, Tundra Yurak.
In Siberia most young people are still fluent in the language. On the European side, very few children learn it; young people tend to prefer Russian [rus] and most speakers are middle-aged or older (Salminen 2007). A few to half of children speak Nenets. Positive attitudes. In Siberia, many school-age children also use Russian [rus].
Mainly nomadic. Christian, traditional religion.