5,000 (1998 Federation of Norwegian Kven People).
North; Tromso and Finnmark counties, Ruija, Kveeniland; Tromso; Oteren, Skibotn, Storslett, Kvaenangsbotn, Nordreisa, Alta, Borselv, Neiden, Bygoynes, and Vadso.
Considered, Old Finnish, speakers of Tornedalen and Kven recognize the differences between the two. Standard Finnish [fin] speakers generally understand, except some vocabulary. More similar to Tornedalen Finnish [fit] (see Sweden) than to standard Finnish. Various dialects: northwest coast varieties differ from east. Kven integrates Norwegian loans, whereas Tornedalen has integrated Swedish [swe] loans.