Etymological Database of the Sami Languages

This resource is offered by Kotus, Kotimaisten kielten keskus, the Institute for the Languages of Finland.

The database is built on the ca. 25,000 North Saami entries of Nielsen’s Pohjoissaamen sanakirja [North Saami Dictionary]. The words were incorporated in the database in cooperation with the Finno-Ugric Department of the University of Helsinki. The database includes the variants, as well as the etymological and derivational references at the end of the word articles, given in Nielsen’s dictionary. Each word is also provided with English-language meanings based on the data in Nielsen’s dictionary; Finnish meanings based on Sammallahti’s Saamelais-suomalainen sanakirja [Saami-Finnish dictionary]; and German meanings based on Sammallahti and Nickel’s Saamisch-deutsches Wörterbuch.

More information on the Álgu project

Latest versions/subcorpora:  
Etymological Database of the Sami Languages
icon-info-circle Metadata and license
icon-quote-right Attribution instructions
Open the website
Search for all versions in META-SHARE  

Detailed information on the content of each version, user rights and licenses can be found from it’s specific metadata record in META-SHARE.

This resource group page has a Persistent Identifier:

Search the Language Bank Portal:
Juraj Šimko
Researcher of the Month: Juraj Šimko


Upcoming events


The Language Bank's technical support:
kielipankki (at)
tel. +358 9 4572001

Requests related to language resources:
fin-clarin (at)
tel. +358 29 4129317

More contact information