Published December 18, 2019
This video was recorded by Astrid Carlsen and Wikimedia Norge in Kåjford Municipality, Norway. Northern Sami, known natively as Davvisámegiella, is spoken by as many as 25,000 people, primarily across the Nordic countries of Norway, Sweden, and Finland. During the 1900s, Northern Sami also spread into historically Lule Sami and Southern Sami speaking areas, due to the authorities forcible relocation of Northern Sami people to these areas. This has influenced current speaking population, making it the most widely spoken of the Sami languages. In Norway, Northern Sámi is an official language in two counties and six of the municipalities, including Kåjford where this video was recorded.