The people of Finland are members of the Baltic Finnic ethnic group and are indigenous to Finland.
Traditionally, Finns are classified into smaller regional groupings that cover numerous nations that are located in close proximity to Finland. These groups include people who are indigenous to these countries as well as those who have relocated there. There is a possibility that some of them could be categorised as distinct ethnic groupings rather than as subgroups of Finns. These groups consist of the Kvens and the Forest Finns who live in Norway, the Tornedalians who live in Sweden, and the Ingrian Finns who live in Russia.
The language spoken by the people of Finland is called Finnish, and it is a member of the Balto-Finnic family of languages together with Estonian and Karelian. Hungarian is a member of the Uralic language family, which is a broader family of related languages that also includes the Finnic languages. The vast majority of languages spoken in Europe are members of the Indo-European language family, although these languages are strikingly distinct from those other European tongues. Native Finns may also be split into subgroups based on their dialect, which are frequently referred to as heimo (which literally translates to "tribe"), however such differences are becoming less significant as a result of internal migration.
There are roughly 6–7 million people of Finnish ancestry and their descendants living in the globe today. The bulk of these people reside in Finland, their country of origin, as well as the countries that border Finland, especially Sweden, Russia, and Norway. An overseas Finnish diaspora has been present in the nations of the Americas and Oceania for a very long time. The population of these countries, which include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil, and the United States, is predominantly composed of people who immigrated from Finland.