The Skolt are one of the indigenous far northern Saami peoples. Their homeland was divided between Finland and the USSR in 1920 by the Treaty of Tartu. This treaty curtailed their traditional work of hunting, fishing and keeping herds of reindeer.
None live in Norway, although there are other Saami groups there. The Skolt population is highest in Finland. They speak their own language, although it is a dying language.
The Skolt Saami live in the far north where few can survive.
In the 1500s Saint Tryphon of Pechenga converted the Skolt Saami to Christianity. They were among the first indigenous Saami people to become Christian. They are currently members of the Eastern Orthodox Church, though some are Lutheran. There are some who still practice their ancient shamanistic religion.
The Skolt Saami need to find new ways to earn a living.
Pray for the Lord to bless the Skolt Saami people in every way, leading them to give him praise and thanks.
Pray for Skolt Saami disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a Holy Spirit revival in their churches, leading many to put their faith in Jesus.
Scripture Prayers for the Saami, Skolt in Finland.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Saami, Skolt|
|People Name in Country||Saami, Skolt|
|Natural Name||Skolt Saami|
|Alternate Names||Kola Lapp; Russian Lapp; Russian Saami; Saami; Skolt; Skolt Lapp; Skolt Saami|
|Population this Country||500|
|Population all Countries||900|
|Progress Scale||4 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
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|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Lapland region: Inari municipality, Sevettijärvi area. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Saami, Skolt|
|Language Code||sms Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Saami, Skolt
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|YouVersion NT (www.bible.com)||Online|
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|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Saami, Skolt||YouVersion Bibles|
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