Language of the Day for 09 January 2021


Saami, Skolt [sms]

A language of
Population Full
300 in Finland (Salminen 2007). 2,000 all Saami in Finland (2018 census). Ethnic population: 500 (1995 M. Krauss). Total users in all countries: 320.
7 (Shifting). Statutory language of provincial identity in Sodankyla in Lapland, 3 municipalities elsewhere (2003, Sami Language Act No. 1086).
Language Use
Very few children learn the language (Salminen 2007). Adults only. Also use Finnish [fin].
Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–60%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%–100%. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1878–1988.