Friulians or Furlans are an ethnolinguistic minority living in Italy and elsewhere. About 600,000 of them live in the historical region of Friuli and in parts of Venice. Some other thousands live in diaspora communities mainly in Canada, Argentina, Australia and Belgium. They traditionally speak Friulan, a distinct Rhaeto-Romance language which is the second largest recognized minority language in Italy after Sardinian. Genetically, Friuilians cluster more with the Austrian and Slovenian populations than the rest of Italy.
- ^ Number of Friuilian speakers per: http://www.arlef.it/en/friulian-language/sociolinguistic-condition/5#/sociolinguistic-condition - Study made by Arlef, Association of Region for the Friulian Language
- ^ Combined population of Gorizia, Udine, and [[Pordenone].
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