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Setos

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Setos (Seto: setokõsõq, setoq, Estonian: setukesed, setud) are an indigenous Finnic peoples and linguistic minority that have historically lived in the borderlands between modern day Estonia and Russia. Setos have historically spoken the Seto language and been Orthodox Christians.[2] The Seto language (like Estonian and Finnish) belongs to the Finnic group of the Uralic language family. Since the early 2000s, the Setos have sought greater recognition, rather than having their language considered a dialect of Estonian. Eastern Orthodox Christianity, with influences from local folk religions is widely practiced by the Seto peoples.

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Setos
setokõsõq
setukesed
Flag_of_Setomaa.svg
Flag of the Seto People
Radaja_Seto_Festival_%282016%29_-_115.jpg
Seto woman during Radaja Seto Festival
Total population
12,800
Regions with significant populations
Setomaa
Estonia12,500
Russia234 (2020)[1]
Languages
Seto, Estonian, Russian
Religion
Eastern Orthodox, Native Faith
Related ethnic groups
Other Baltic Finns
Especially Estonians, Livonians, Võros, and Votians
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The ancestral homes of many Setos can be found to the south of Lake Peipus, in the Setomaa region. After 1991 however, this territory was divided between the newly independent Estonia (Põlva and Võro counties) and the north-western sections of the Russian Federation (Pechorsky District of Pskov Oblast).

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