Saami, Inari


A language of Finland

Saami, Inari

Alternate Names
Anar, “Finnish Lapp” (pej.), “Inari Lappish” (pej.), “Lapp” (pej.), Saam, Saame, Sámi, Samic

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.

Language Status

2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in Sodankyla in Lapland, 3 municipalities elsewhere (2003, Sami Language Act No. 1086).

Language Use

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].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 30%–100%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%–100%. Bible portions: 1903–1980.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Some literature.

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