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Estonians or Estonian people (Estonian: eestlased) are a Finnic ethnic group native to Estonia who speak the Estonian language.
|c. 1.1 million|
|Regions with significant populations|
| Estonia 919,711 (2021)|
Other significant population centers:
also Võro and Seto
Historically Protestant Christian (Lutheranism)
Currently Lutheran and regional Eastern Orthodox (Estonian Apostolic Orthodox) minority
|Related ethnic groups|
|Other Baltic Finns|
The Estonian language is spoken as the first language by the vast majority of Estonians; it is closely related to other Finnic languages, e.g. Finnish, Karelian and Livonian. The Finnic languages are a subgroup of the larger Uralic family of languages, which also includes, e.g., the Sami languages. These languages are markedly different from most other native languages spoken in Europe, most of which have been assigned to Indo-European family of languages. Estonians can also be classified into subgroups according to dialects (e.g., Võros, Setos), although such divisions have become less pronounced due to internal migration and rapid urbanisation in Estonia in the 20th century.
There are approximately 1 million ethnic Estonians worldwide with vast majority of them residing in their native Estonia. Estonian diaspora communities formed primarily in Finland, the United States, Sweden, Canada, the United Kingdom and European Union member states.