The Finno-Ugrian tribes originally lived together east of the Urals and spoke a common language.
This conclusion has not, however, met with general acceptance and the affinities of Basque with Finno-Ugrian cannot be overlooked.
In the east and north-east they were displaced by the Finno-Ugrian peoples who immigrated later.
In culture and habits they resemble the Finno-Ugrian tribes, and there seems to be no adequate reason for separating them.
Syryenian has older literary remains than any Finno-Ugrian language except Hungarian.