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The Sami people, also spelled Sámi, or Saami (also known as Lapps, although some people consider this term derogatory), are a people inhabiting northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and the adjacent Kola Peninsula of Russia. Their traditional languages are the Sami languages that belong to the Finno-Ugric branch of the Uralic family.

The origin of the Sami is obscure; some scholars include them among the Paleo-Siberian peoples; others maintain that they were alpine and came from central Europe.[1]

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