Why and how are Finno-Ugric people disappearing?
A Jan. 30, 2017 Estonian World article is entitled: “One-minute lecture: Why is the number of Finno-Ugric peoples decreasing?”
The article includes a link to the lecture.
The opening paragraphs read:
According to the census, there are 9,614 “other” Finno-Ugric people living in Estonia: Erzyas, Mokshas, Udmurts, Komis, Karelians, Maris, Hungarians, Finns, Ingrians and many others. Overall, there are around 25 million Finno-Ugrians in the world. Still, the number of those who speak Finno-Ugric languages keeps declining, says doctor Natalia Abrosimova of the Tallinn University School of Humanities.
Why and how are Finno-Ugric people disappearing? The main problem among the Finno-Ugric people in Russia is the lack of language policies and nation states in the area. There are not many career or education opportunities for speakers of Finno-Ugric languages. The small amount of people speaking the language and its low prestige prompt a change in language from the native tongue to the majority language.
For a people to exist, they must preserve their native tongue and the culture that surrounds it.
A Jan. 8, 2017 Estonian World article is entitled: “The UN classifies Estonia as a Northern European country.”
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