The Skolt Sámi or Skolts are a Sami ethnic group. They currently live in and around the villages of Sevettijärvi, Keväjärvi, Nellim in the municipality of Inari, at several places in the Murmansk Oblast and in the village of Neiden in the municipality of Sør-Varanger. The Skolts are considered to be the indigenous people of the borderland area between present-day Finland, Russia and Norway, i.e. on the Kola Peninsula and the adjacent Fenno-Scandinavian mainland. They belong to the eastern group of Sámi on account of their language and traditions, and are traditionally Orthodox rather than Lutheran Christians like most Sami and Finns.

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Skolts
Drawing of Russian Skolt Sami from 1871
Regions with significant populations
 Finland500[1]–700[2]
 Russia250[3]–400[1]
 Norway150[3]
Languages
Skolt Sami, Finnish, Russian and Norwegian
Religion
Eastern Orthodox majority
Lutheran minority
Related ethnic groups
Other Saami peoples
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