Northern Sami Wikipedia

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The Northern Sami Wikipedia is the edition of Wikipedia in the Northern Sami language.[1]

It was used as one example of how Wikipedia's categories system works (in the context of social ontologies).[2]


It started in 2004 and has over 7500 articles, ranking in the middle of all Wikipedias.

As for readers: it is 134th of about 290 in number of page requests: half a million page requests per month, but not possible to know how many human readers.

As for content: it is 137th of about 290 in number of articles; articles are about 500 characters long on average with approximately 400 000 words in total. It's above average in terms of editors/speakers and articles/speakers, there are many articles about towns around the world (mostly automated creations).

As for activity: there were almost no new articles in 2008-2011, new articles usually come in bursts; in 2013 editing activity was lower than in previous years with less than 10 active editors per month making less than 100 edits per month.[3]


  1. ^ (Sami) Yle Ođđasat Saamenkieliset tv-uutiset, Digisaame, Yle TV1, 2014-02-24. (Section in the Sami news of the main TV channel of Finland.)
  2. ^ Mehler, Alexander; Pustylnikov, Olga; Diewald, Nils (2008). "Geography of Social Ontologies: Testing a Variant of the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis in the Context of Wikipedia". Computer Speech & Language. doi:10.1016/j.csl.2010.05.006. 
  3. ^ All these statistics from Erik Zachte, Wikipedia Statistics Northern Sami, (accessed 19 March 2014).

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