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Finno-Ugric peoples
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 Hungary 9,982,000
 Finland 4,948,400
 Russia 2,322,000
 United States 2,288,100
 Romania 1,227,623
 Estonia 936,000
 Slovakia 520,500
 Sweden 507,600
 Canada ~450,000
 Norway 60,000–100,000
Finno-Ugric, Russian, Tatar, Latvian, Romanian, Swedish, Norwegian
various Christian faiths
also Uralic Neopaganism
Related ethnic groups
Samoyedic peoples

The Finno-Ugric peoples are any of several peoples of Eurasia who speak languages of the Finno-Ugric language family, such as the Khanty, Mansi, Hungarians, Maris, Mordvins, Sámi, Estonians, Karelians, Finns, Udmurts and Komis.


Existing Peoples

People Group Traditional language Language group Culture area Numbers Most important territory Other traditional territories Subgroups
Khanty Ugric peoples Khanty language Ugric languages Arctic culture area 31 000 Khanty-Mansi Yamalo-Nenets
Mansi Ugric peoples Mansi language Ugric languages Arctic culture area 12 000 Khanty-Mansi
Hungarians Ugric peoples Hungarian language Ugric languages Danube culture area 14 500 000 Hungary Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine Székely, Csángó, Jász
Komis Permians Komi language Permic languages Arctic culture area 323 000 Komi Republic Perm Krai Komi-Permyaks
Udmurts Permians Udmurt language Permic languages Volga culture area 552 000 Udmurt Republic Besermyan
Maris Volga Finns Mari language Mari language Volga culture area 548 000 Mari Republic Bashkortostan Meadow Mari, Hill Mari, Eastern Mari
Mordvins Volga Finns Erzya and Moksha languages Mordvinic languages Volga culture area 744 000 Mordva Republic Samara Oblast, Penza Oblast, Ulyanovsk Oblast, Orenburg Oblast Erzyas, Mokshas
Finns Baltic Finns Finnish language Baltic Finnic languages Baltic culture area 6 500 000 Finland Leningrad Oblast, Karelia Republic, Sweden, Norway Tornedalians, Forest Finns, Kvens, Ingrian Finns
Karelians Baltic Finns Karelian language Baltic Finnic languages Baltic culture area 61 000 Karelia Republic Tver Oblast, Murmansk Oblast, Leningrad Oblast Karelians (proper), Olonets Karelians, Ludic Karelians
Vepsians Baltic Finns Veps language Baltic Finnic languages Baltic culture area 5 900 Karelia Republic Leningrad Oblast, Vologda Oblast
Izhorians Baltic Finns Ingrian language Baltic Finnic languages Baltic culture area 300 Leningrad Oblast
Votes Baltic Finns Vote language Baltic Finnic languages Baltic culture area 60 Leningrad Oblast
Estonians Baltic Finns Estonian language Baltic Finnic languages Baltic culture area 1 000 000 Estonia Latvia, Leningrad Oblast, Pskov Oblast Setos, Võros
Livonians Baltic Finns Livonian language Baltic Finnic languages Baltic culture area 180 Latvia
Sámi Sami Sami languages Sami languages Arctic culture area 80 000 Norway Sweden, Finland, Murmansk Oblast Inari Sami, Skolt Sami
Pie chart showing the percentage rates of specific nations speaking languages of the Finno-Ugric family

Extinct Peoples

The Uralic peoples.

The four largest Finno-Ugric peoples are Hungarians (14,500,000), Finns (6,500,000), Estonians (1,000,000) and Mordvins (744,000). Three of them (Hungarians, Finns, and Estonians) have their independent states – Hungary, Finland, and Estonia.

The traditional area of the indigenous Sami people is in Northern Fenno-Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula in Northwest Russia and is known as Sápmi.

Some other Finno-Ugric peoples have autonomous republics in Russia: Karelians (Republic of Karelia), Komi (Komi Republic), Udmurts (Udmurt Republic), Mari (Mari El Republic), and Mordvins (Moksha and Erzya; Republic of Mordovia).

Khanty and Mansi peoples live in Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug of Russia. Komi subgroup Komi-Permyaks used to live in Komi-Permyak Autonomous Okrug, but today this area is a territory with special status within Perm Krai.

Finno-Ugric identity

In Finnic- and Ugric-speaking countries such as Finland, Estonia and Hungary, which find themselves surrounded by unrelated tongues, language origins and language history have long been relevant to national identity.


Main article: Uralic mythologies

Shamanism has had a historically important influence on the mythologies of Siberian peoples, including the Finnic, Ugric, Yeniseian, Turkic, Mongolic, Tungusic, and other northern Eurasia and Central Asian peoples. Central concepts in their cosmologies is the myth that the world was created from an egg, myths about the Milky Way, ideas about the existence of the World tree or pillar, and the idea that asterisms represent animal spirits. Myth about a bird floating on the primary ocean and dives for the ground is a central Uralic cosmogonic myth.

International Finno-Ugric societies

Established in Syktyvkar in 1992, the World Congress of Finno-Ugrian Peoples is convoked at least once in four years. The members of the Finno-Ugric Peoples' Consultative Committee include the Erzyas, Estonians, Finns, Hungarians, Ingrian Finns, Ingrians, Karelians, Khants, Komis, Mansis, Maris, Mokshas, Nenetses, Permian Komis, Saamis, Tver Karelians, Udmurts, Vepsians; Observers: Livonians, Setos.

The first Festival of the Finno-Ugric Peoples was held in Yoshkar-Ola in 1990. The tradition continued covering turn by turn all regions of the Finno-Ugric world: the Republic Mari El, Mordovia, Hanty-Mansijsk, Estonia, Udmurtia, Hungary. In 2007 the festival was hosted by the President of Russia and visited by the leaders of Finland and Hungary, Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany.

Population genetics

A study of Population Genetics of Finno-Ugric speaking humans in North Eurasia carried out between 2002–2008 in the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Helsinki showed most of the Finno-Ugric speaking populations possess amalgamation of West and East Eurasian gene pools, genetic drift, and recurrent founder effect. North Eurasian Finno-Ugric-speaking populations were found to be genetically a heterogeneous group showing lower haplotype diversities compared to more southern populations. North Eurasian Finno-Ugric-speaking populations possess unique genetic features due to complex genetic changes shaped by molecular and population genetics and adaptation to the areas of Boreal and Arctic North Eurasia.

The proposal of a Finno-Ugric language family has led to the postulation not just of an ancient Proto–Finno-Ugric people, but that the modern Finno-Ugric–speaking peoples are genetically related. Such hypotheses are based on the assumption that heredity can be traced though linguistic relatedness. However, Finno-Ugric has not been reconstructed linguistically; attempts to do so have been indistinguishable from Proto-Uralic. Like in any other human population, individual groups within the Finno-Ugric language family have a diverse array of cultural, environmental, and genetic influences. However, modern genetic studies have shown that the Y-chromosome haplogroup N3, and sometimes N2, having branched from haplogroup N, which, itself, probably spread north, then west and east from Northern China about 12,000–14,000 years ago from father haplogroup NO (haplogroup O being the most common Y-chromosome haplogroup in Southeast Asia), is almost a specific trait, though certainly not restricted, to Uralic- or Finno-Ugric-speaking populations, especially as high frequency or primary paternal haplogroup.

Recent study found that haplogroup NO of the Finno-Ugric peoples and their descendants probably spread north, then west and east from Northern China about 12,000–14,000 years ago from father lineage and today is found in Eastern Europe. The Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Helsinki showed most of the Finno-Ugric speaking populations possess an amalgamation of West and East Eurasian gene pools supporting the idea of mixed origins in these modern populations.


R1a1a7-M458 frequency peaks among Slavic and Finno-Ugric peoples.

R1a1a1i (Z280+)

This group seems to have connection with among others the Finno-ugric peoples. It is the North-East European subclade of R1a1a1 and spread from the Baltic to the Ural Mountains as well as the Carpathian Basin. The majority of the Steppe Magyars likely belonged to this haplogroup, carrying the Ugric Hungarian language.


See also

References and notes

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Further reading

  • Mile Nedeljković, Leksikon naroda sveta, Beograd, 2001.

External links

  • MORDVINS (Erzyas and Mokshas)
  • MARIS or Cheremisses
  • The Information Center of Finno-Ugric Peoples (SURI)
  • The Information Center of Finno-Ugric Peoples (SURI) Newsletter: "Uralic Contacts"
  • Kindred Peoples Programme
  • Etnofotu (Ethnofuturism)
  • The International Congress of Finno-Ugric Writers
  • The Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples (MAFUN)
  • International Expedition for high school, college and university students of the Finno-Ugric World
  • Finno-Ugric Student's Seminar Camp
  • Mari Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples
  • Federal Finno-Ugric Cultural Center (Sykytyvkar, Komi Republic)
  • Article on plans for new Federal Finno-Ugric Cultural Center in Sykytyvkar, Komi Republic
  • International Finno-Ugric Students' Conference (IFUSCO)
  • The International Festival of Theatres of Finno-Ugric Peoples
  • World Championship of Kalevala Chanting & Ugric Rumble Ethno Music Festival
  • Uralkult Festival: "Finno-Ugric culture now!"
  • Ugriculture: Contemporary Finno-Ugric art at the Gallen Kallela Museum
  • On the Banks of the Volga: "Life of a Finno-Ugrian people past and present"
  • Bearslaying Theatre Festival: Theatre by Finno-Ugric Peoples
  • University of Indiana Bloomington |Central Eurasian Studies: Uralic Peoples
  • Finno-Ugric media center

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