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Setos

Ethnic group in Estonia / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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 Russia, Estonia and Finland. Setos have historically spoken the Seto language and been Orthodox Christians like the neighboring border Karelian and Skolt Sámi ethnic minorities in Estonia and Finland.[2] The Seto language (like Estonian and Finnish) belongs to the Finnic group of the Uralic language family. Ever since the early 2000's the Seto peoples have been seeking greater recognition as a people group, instead of their current status as a linguistic minority of Estonia. 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 the Seto People
Seto woman during Radaja Seto Festival
Total population
12,800
Regions with significant populations
Setomaa
 Estonia12,500
 Russia300 (2013)[1]
Languages
Seto, Estonian, Russian
Religion
Eastern Orthodox, Native Faith
Related ethnic groups
other Baltic Finns
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The ancestral homes of many Setos can found to the south of Lake Peipsi, in the Setomaa region. After 1991 however this territory was divided between the newly indepdenct Estonia (Põlva and Võro counties) and the north-western sections of the Russian Federation (Pechorsky District of Pskov Oblast).