Saami, Ter


A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Saam, “Lapp” (pej.), “Ter Lappish” (pej.)

350 (2010 census). Census includes Kildin Saami [sjd] and Skolt Saami [sms]. 6 elderly speakers in the early 1990s (Salminen 2007). Ethnic population: 1,770 (2010 census). 1,770 includes all Saami.


Murmansk province: eastern Kola peninsula.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Language Use

Mainly older adults. Also use Russian [rus].

Language Development
Other Comments

Preferred ethnic autonym: Saami.

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