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The Finno-Ugric peoples are any of several peoples of Eurasia who speak languages of the proposed Finno-Ugric language family, such as the Finns, Hungarians, Maris, Estonians, Udmurts and Mordvins.
The four largest Finno-Ugric peoples are Hungarians (14,500,000), Finns (6,500,000), Estonians (1,000,000) and Mordvins (744,000). Three of them (Hungarians, Finns, and Estonians) have their independent states – Hungary, Finland, and Estonia.
Some other Finno-Ugric peoples have autonomous republics in Russia: Karelians (Republic of Karelia), Komi (Komi Republic), Udmurts (Udmurt Republic), Mari (Mari El Republic), and Mordvins (Moksha and Erzya; Republic of Mordovia).
Khanty and Mansi peoples live in Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug of Russia. Komi subgroup Komi-Permyaks used to live in Komi-Permyak Autonomous Okrug, but today this area is a territory with special status within Perm Krai.
Finno-Ugric identity 
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In Finnic- and Ugric-speaking countries such as Finland, Estonia and Hungary, which find themselves surrounded by unrelated tongues, language origins and language history have long been relevant to national identity. At the same time, nationalist ideologies in Hungary have been hostile to historical linguistics for demonstrating the close relationship between Hungarians and the Ugric peoples of central Russia, the Khanty and Mansi subsistence hunters and fishermen. Hungarian nationalists envision Hungarian kinship with more "prestigious" peoples such as the Sumerians, and the discovery of the Finno-Ugric linguistic links was a "psychological blow", as Hungarians had long prided themselves in their supposed Scythian origins, and indeed many Hungarians refuse to accept linguistic findings even today. Thus Finno-Ugric is not an ethnic group based on common culture or identity, but rather a discovery of linguistics:
[The] affinity of the Finno-Ugric peoples is based solely on the linguistic affinity of these nationalities, and often no other fact can be presented to prove it. [...] linguistic affinity is really a proof of cultural affinity, but only of the far distant past when the structure of the culture was far different from that which we investigate today. The common features of primitive culture are often found spread over very extensive areas and in several different language families.—Gustav Ränk, p. 2
The peoples, or rather their linguistic ancestors, have a hypothetical common history based on linguistic reconstruction. However, they do not necessarily share a common ancestry, since entire peoples may change their language. In addition, while the Finnic and Ugric languages are undoubtedly related to each other, there is some debate[who?] over whether they are closer to each other than they are to the third branch of Uralic languages, Samoyedic, and thus whether Finno-Ugric is a valid genealogical group, or merely a geographic one. Linguistic ancestry may not necessarily correspond to biological ancestry, and genetic studies have so far been unable to demonstrate a relationship between the various Finno-Ugric peoples.
Shamanism has had a historically important influence on the mythologies of Siberian peoples, including the Finnic, Ugric, Scandinavian, Yeniseian, Turkic, Mongolic, Tungusic, and other northern Eurasia and Central Asian peoples. Central concepts in their cosmologies is the myth that the world was created from an egg, myths about the Milky Way, ideas about the existence of the World tree or pillar, and the idea that asterisms represent animal spirits. Myth about a bird floating on the primary ocean and dives for the ground is a central Finno-Ugric (Uralic, and even North-Eurasian) cosmogonic myth.
International Finno-Ugric societies 
Established in Syktyvkar in 1992, the World Congress of Finno-Ugrian Peoples is convoked at least once in four years. The members of the Finno-Ugric Peoples' Consultative Committee include the Erzyas, Estonians, Finns, Hungarians, Ingrian Finns, Ingrians, Karelians, Khants, Komis, Mansis, Maris, Mokshas, Nenetses, Permian Komis, Saamis, Tver Karelians, Udmurts, Vepsians; Observers: Livonians, Setos.
The first Festival of the Finno-Ugric Peoples was held in Yoshkar-Ola in 1990. The tradition continued covering turn by turn all regions of the Finno-Ugric world: the Republic Mari El, Mordovia, Hanty-Mansijsk, Estonia, Udmurtia, Hungary. In 2007 the festival was hosted by the President of Russia and visited by the leaders of Finland and Hungary, Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany.
Population genetics 
A study of Population Genetics of Finno-Ugric speaking humans in North Eurasia carried out between 2002–2008 in the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Helsinki showed most of the Finno-Ugric speaking populations possess amalgamation of West and East Eurasian gene pools, genetic drift, and recurrent founder effect. North Eurasian Finno-Ugric-speaking populations were found to be genetically a heterogeneous group showing lower haplotype diversities compared to more southern populations. North Eurasian Finno-Ugric-speaking populations possess unique genetic features due to complex genetic changes shaped by molecular and population genetics and adaptation to the areas of Boreal and Arctic North Eurasia.
The proposal of a Finno-Ugric language family has led to the postulation not just of an ancient Proto–Finno-Ugric people, but that the modern Finno-Ugric–speaking peoples are genetically related. Such hypotheses are based on the assumption that heredity can be traced though linguistic relatedness. However, Finno-Ugric has not been reconstructed linguistically; attempts to do so have been indistinguishable from Proto-Uralic. Like in any other human population, individual groups within the Finno-Ugric language family have a diverse array of cultural, environmental, and genetic influences. However, modern genetic studies have shown that the Y-chromosome haplogroup N3, and sometimes N2, having branched from haplogroup N, which, itself, probably spread north, then west and east from Northern China about 12,000–14,000 years ago from father haplogroup NO (haplogroup O being the most common Y-chromosome haplogroup in Southeast Asia), is almost a specific trait, though certainly not restricted, to Uralic- or Finno-Ugric-speaking populations, especially as high frequency or primary paternal haplogroup.
Recent study found that haplogroup NO of the Finno-Ugric peoples and their descendants probably spread north, then west and east from Northern China about 12,000–14,000 years ago from father lineage and today is found in Eastern Europe. Medicine at the University of Helsinki showed most of the Finno-Ugric speaking populations possess amalgamation of West and East Eurasian gene pools supporting the idea of mixed origins in these modern populations.
Although the R1a1a* is more common among Indo-Aryan and Dravidian speakers, however the subhaplogroup R1a1a7-M458 frequency peaks among Slavic and Finno-Ugric peoples.
This group seems to have connection with Finno-ugric peoples. It is the North-East European subclade of R1a1a1 and spread from the Baltic to the Ural Mountains as well as the Carpathian Basin. The majority of the Steppe Magyars likely belonged to this haplogroup, carrying the Ugric Hungarian language.
Karelian women in Sammatus
From left to right: Sven-Roald Nystø, Aili Keskitalo and Ole Henrik Magga, the second, third and first president of the Norwegian Sámi Parliament
Khanty women in Man uskve nomad camp, Berezovsky, Khanty-Mansia, Russia
Hungarian Prince Árpád crossing the Carpathians into modern-day Hungary
A Székely village in Romania
A Sami family around 1900
Estonian poet Lydia Koidula
See also 
References and notes 
- Peter Hajdu, 1975, Finno-Ugrian Languages and Peoples, Andre Deutsch Ltd (translated by G.F. Cushing); Toivo Vuorela, 1997, The Finno-Ugric Peoples, RoutledgeCurzon
- Korhonen, Mikko: Uralin tällä ja tuolla puolen. In the book Laakso, Johanna (edit.): Uralilaiset kansat, p. 23.
- Demoskop Weekly No 543-544
- "A 'Paradigm Shift' in Finnish Linguistic Prehistory". Merlijn de Smit. ButterfliesandWheels.com. 2003. Retrieved 2009-03-07.
- "Hungarian Revival". LÁSZLÓ MARÁCZ. Mikes International. 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-07.
- Gustav Ränk, 1997 , Old Estonia, Routledge. Reissued from The Uralic and Altaic Series, vol 112. Translation 1974 by John R. Krueger
- Richard Villems, et al., Reconstruction of Maternal lineages of Finno-Ugric speaking people and some remarks on their Paternal inheritance, Societas Historiae Fenno-Ugricae, Turku 1998
- Leeming, pp. 136
- Напольских В. В. Древние финно-угорские мифы о возникновении земли // Мировоззрение финно-угорских народов. Новосибирск: Наука, 1990. С. 5-21.
- Council of Europe (2007). Parliamentary Assembly. Council of Europe. p. 162. ISBN 92-871-6191-7.
- "Statutes of the Consultative Committee of Finno-Ugrian peoples". Finno-Ugric Peoples' Consultative Committee. Retrieved 2009-03-05.
- "Finno-Ugric Peoples' Consultative Committee, Members". Finno-Ugric Peoples' Consultative Committee. World Congresses of the Finno-Ugric Peoples. Retrieved 2009-03-05.
- "IX International Festival of the Finno-Ugric Peoples". Ministry of Culture of the RK. 24 May 2001. Retrieved 2009-03-05.
- Herald Tribune (July 19, 2007). "Putin hosts leaders at Finno-Ugric festival". Retrieved 5 March 2009.
- Pimenoff, Ville (2008). Living on the edge: population genetics of Finno-Ugric-speaking humans in North Eurasia. Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki. pp. 27–28. ISBN 952-92-4331-6.
- Origin of Finnish and related languages- thisisFINLAND
- Salminen, Tapani (2002): Problems in the taxonomy of the Uralic languages in the light of modern comparative studies
- European Journal of Human Genetics – Abstract of article: A counter-clockwise northern route of the Y-chromosome haplogroup N from Southeast Asia towards Europe
- Siiri et al. (2007). "A counter-clockwise northern route of the Y-chromosome haplogroup N from Southeast Asia towards Europe". European Journal of Human Genetics 15 (2): 204–211. doi:10.1038/sj.ejhg.5201748. PMID 17149388.
Further reading 
- Mile Nedeljković, Leksikon naroda sveta, Beograd, 2001.
- URALIC PEOPLES
- MORDVINS (Erzyas and Mokshas)
- MARIS or Cheremisses
- World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples
- The Information Center of Finno-Ugric Peoples (SURI)
- The Information Center of Finno-Ugric Peoples (SURI) Newsletter: "Uralic Contacts"
- Kindred Peoples Programme
- Etnofotu (Ethnofuturism)
- The International Congress of Finno-Ugric Writers
- The Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples (MAFUN)
- International Expedition for high school, college and university students of the Finno-Ugric World
- Finno-Ugric Student's Seminar Camp
- Mari Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples
- Federal Finno-Ugric Cultural Center (Sykytyvkar, Komi Republic)
- Article on plans for new Federal Finno-Ugric Cultural Center in Sykytyvkar, Komi Republic
- International Finno-Ugric Students' Conference (IFUSCO)
- Video: "Opening Ceremony of the 23rd IFUSCO in Saransk, Mordovian Republic"
- Vepsian Society: Friends for Friends
- Vepsian Society |Teacher of Vepsian: Planned All-Fenno-Ugrian Church in Vepsia
- The International Festival of Theatres of Finno-Ugric Peoples
- World Championship of Kalevala Chanting & Ugric Rumble Ethno Music Festival
- Uralkult Festival: "Finno-Ugric culture now!"
- Ugriculture: Contemporary Finno-Ugric art at the Gallen Kallela Museum
- On the Banks of the Volga: "Life of a Finno-Ugrian people past and present"
- Bearslaying Theatre Festival: Theatre by Finno-Ugric Peoples
- MAFUN |"The Sacred Groves and the Grandmothers" Photo Exhibition
- University of Indiana Bloomington |Central Eurasian Studies: Uralic Peoples
- Russia Today news article, July 20, 2007: "Finno-Ugric nations celebrate in Russia"
- Finno-Ugric media center