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Baltic Finnic peoples

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The Baltic Finnic or Balto-Finnic peoples, also referred to as the Baltic Sea Finns, Baltic Finns, sometimes Western Finnic and often simply as the Finnic peoples, are the peoples inhabiting the Baltic Sea region in Northern and Eastern Europe who speak Finnic languages. They include the Finns, Estonians (including Võros and Setos), Karelians (including Ludes and Livvi), Veps, Izhorians, Votes, and Livonians. In some cases the Kvens, Ingrians, Tornedalians and speakers of Meänkieli are considered separate from the Finns.

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Baltic Finnic peoples
Finnic languages at the beginning of the 20th century
Total population
c. 7.4–8.2 million
Regions with significant populations
Finns[a]c. 6.2–7 million
Estoniansc. 1.1 million
Kareliansc. 75,000
Vepsiansc. 6,000
Izhoriansc. 1,000
Livoniansc. 200
Votesc. 100
Finnic languages
Predominantly Christianity (either Lutheranism or Eastern Orthodoxy);[1] minority Uralic Neopaganism
Related ethnic groups
Other Finno-Ugric peoples

a Tornedalians, Ingrians, Kvens and Forest Finns are subsumed under Finns, as they are most commonly described as being subgroups of Finns proper rather than separate ethnic groups altogether.

The bulk of the Finnic peoples (more than 98%) are ethnic Finns and Estonians, who reside in the two independent Finnic nation statesFinland and Estonia.[2]

Finnic peoples are also significant minority groups in neighbouring countries of Sweden, Norway and especially Russia.

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