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Extinct: no
Family: Uralic
Branch: Samoyed
Continent: Asia
Country: Russia
Region: Northwest Siberia, tundra area from the mouth of the northern Dvina River in northeastern Europe to the delta of the Yenisei in Asia, and a scattering on the Kola Peninsula; Nenets, Yamalo-Nenets, and Taimyr national okrugs.
Countries Where Spoken: 26,300 mother tongue speakers out of an ethnic population of 27,000 (1994 Salminen). 1,300 Forest Nenets speakers out of 2,000; 25,000 Tundra Nenets.
Countries Where Official: Russia
Native Speakers: 26,300
Speakers Total: 27,000
Phrasebase members who speak Nenets at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Nenets at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Nenets: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Nenets: 0
Three Letter Code: YRK
Summary: Bilingualism in Russian. 80% use Nenets in daily life. Speakers are mainly nomadic. Reindeer herdsmen. Christian, traditional religion.

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