The Finno-Ugric languages
are a subfamily of the Uralic languages
. It consists of several languages, notably Finnish
. Contrary to most of the languages spoken in Europe
, the Finno-Ugric languages are not part of the Indo-European
family of languages.
The ancestor of the modern Finno-Ugric languages, the so-called Proto Finno-Ugric was spoken about 5000 years ago on the western side of the Ural mountains. There is evidence that before the arrival of Slavonic tribes to their present territory in Russia, a sprinkling of Finno-Ugrians inhabited the whole territory from the Urals to the Baltic Sea.
The Finno-Ugric subfamily of the Uralic languages has the following members:
- Mari or Cheremis
- Permic group:
- Udmurt or Votyak