L1 users: 300 (2001 census). 1,830 all Saami in Finland (2010 census). Ethnic population: 700 (1995 M. Krauss).
Lapland region: between Lake Inari and Norway border, mostly Utsjoki border town area; above 68.00 N latitude.
2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in Sodankyla in Lapland, 3 municipalities elsewhere (2003, Sami Language Act No. 1086).
Few children used to learn it before the founding of the first Inari Saami language nest in 1997. Now a substantial portion of youth are growing as functional bilinguals (Salminen 2007). Also use Finnish [fin], especially in instruction in schools.
Latin script [Latn].