Kvens (Kven language/Finnish: kveeni, Norwegian: kvener, Northern Sami: kveanat) or Kven people are a Finnic ethnic minority in Norway. They are descendants from Finnish peasants and fishermen who moved from the northern parts of Finland and Sweden to Northern Norway in the 18th and 19th centuries.
In 1996, the government of Norway officially said that Kvens were a minority group. In 2005, Norway officially made Kven language a minority language.
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- "Kvener". Store Norwegian lexicon. Retrieved 21 September 2017.