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Karelie leid (karjala, karjal or kariela) is a Finnic leid speuken mainly in the Roushie Republic o Karelie. Leenguistically Karelie is closely relatit tae the Finnish dialects speuken in eastren Finland an some Finnish leenguists even classifee'd Karelie as a dialect o Finnish. Karelian is no tae be ramfeeselt wi the Sootheastren dialects o Finnish, whiles referred tae as karjalaismurteet ('Karelie dialects') in Finland.[5]

Native tae Roushie, Finland
Region Republic o Karelie, Tver Oblast
Ethnicity Karelies
Native speakers
(36,000 citit 1994–2010)[1]
Latin (Karelie alphabet) Cyrilic (Roushie)
Offeecial status
Recognised minority
leid in
Leid codes
ISO 639-2 krl
ISO 639-3 krl
Glottolog kare1335[4]
Idioma carelio.png
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Thare is nae single staundart Karelie leid. Each writer writes in Karelian accordin tae thair awn dialectal fuirm. Three main written standards hae been developit, for North Karelie; Olonets Karelie; an Tver Karelian. Aw variants are written wi the Laitin-based Karelian alphabet, tho the Cyrillic script haes been uised in the past.


  1. Karelie at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Change in the regulation by the president of Finland about European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, 27.11.2009 (in Finnish)
  3. "Законодательные акты - Правительство Республики Карелия". 
  4. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Karelie". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
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