Saami, Pite


A language of Sweden

Alternate Names
Arjeplog Saami, Pite, Saami, “Lapp” (pej.)

20 in Sweden (Salminen 2007). Ethnic population: 2,000 (1995 M. Krauss).


Norrbotten county: Arjeplog and Arvidsjaur municipalites, along Pite river.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct). Recognized language (1999, Sami Language Use Act, No. 1175).

Language Use

Increased literary activity. Also use Swedish [swe].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 75%–100%.

Other Comments

Pite Saami very distinct.

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