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Lávvuo-Research and education for Sámi health

Research group Lávvuo is a research and education environment focused on Sámi health and well-being based at the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå university. Including both Sámi and non-Sámi professionals our goal is to improve the health and well-being of the Sámi people in Sweden through high quality research and education activities.

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[March 2024]

The new report on "Violence against Sami Women" has been now published (in Swedish). You can access to it here.

[March 2023]

The report on the Sámi health survey ("Sámi Health on Equal Terms") has been now published (in Swedish). You can acces it here. 

If you are interested in geographical differences in health, see our Atlas here


We are members of two Lancet commissions and one Lancet series: i) “Lancet Commission on Arctic Health – Urgently Accelerating Indigenous Health, ii) “Lancet Commission on Suicidal Behaviour and Self Harm”, and the Lancet’s series on “Indigenous and First Nations adolescent health and wellbeing”.

We are representing the Sámediggi (the Sámi parliament in Sweden) in the discussion process related to the coming Swedish National strategy for mental health and suicide prevention.


Ubmejen Biejvieh (Sámi week)

Date: 29 October–5 November

Location: Umeå Cultural festival Såhkie

The Umeå Sámi association organizes the annual Sámi cultural festival Ubmejen biejvieh in collaboration with other actors in and outside Umeå. This year, as before, there is a broad program with theatre, dance, literature, workshops for children, Innebandy SM, Jojkbattle and several concerts with Sami artists.

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San Sebastian M, Gustafsson PE, Stoor JPA. Embodiment of discrimination: a cross-sectional study of threats, humiliating treatment and ethnic discrimination in relation to somatic health complaints among Sámi in Sweden. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2024 Apr 10;78(5):290-295. doi: 10.1136/jech-2023-221365.

Yekkalam N, Storm Mienna C, Stoor JPA, San Sebastian M. Social determinants of self-reported oral health among Sámi in Sweden. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2023 Dec;51(6):1258-1265. doi: 10.1111/cdoe.12894.

Sise A, Azzopardi P, Brown A, Tewhaiti-Smith J, Westhead S, Kurji J, McDonough D, Reilly R, Bingham B, Brown N, Cassidy-Matthews C, Clark TC, Elliott S, Finlay SM, Hansen KL, Harwood M, Knapp JMF, Kvernmo S, Lee C, Watts RL, Nadeau M, Pearson O, Reading J, Saewyc E, Seljenes A, Stoor JPA, Aubrey P, Crengle S. Health and well-being needs of Indigenous adolescents: a protocol for a scoping review of qualitative studies. BMJ Open. 2024 May 20;14(5):e079942. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-079942.

Healey Akearok GK, Chaliak AJ, Cueva K, Cook D, Larsen CV, Jóhannsdóttir L, Nilsson LM, San Sebastián M, Peterson M, Timlin U, Broderstadt AR, Dagsvold I, Siri S, Olesen I, Stoor JPA, Rautio A, Rink E, Lavoie JG. Diverse methodological approaches to a Circumpolar multi-site case study which upholds and responds to local and Indigenous community research processes in the Arctic. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2024 Dec;83(1):2336284. doi: 10.1080/22423982.2024.2336284.

Peterson M, Akearok GH, Cueva K, Lavoie JG, Larsen CV, Jóhannsdóttir L, Cook D, Nilsson LM, Rautio A, Timlin U, San Sebastián M, Gladun E, Rink E, Broderstadt AR, Dagsvold I, Siri S, Ottendahl CB, Olesen I, Zatseva L, Young RI, Chaliak AJ, Ophus E, Stoor JPA. Public health restrictions, directives, and measures in Arctic countries in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2023 Dec;82(1):2271211. doi: 10.1080/22423982.2023.2271211.








Petter Stoor
Postdoctoral fellow


Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Epidemiology and Global Health

Research area

Public health and health care science

External funding

Swedish Research Council, Forte

External funding

Lávvuo researchers helped establishing a new network at ISBNPA

Arctic Centre Funding – Read about Jon Petter Stoor and his funded participation at the ISBNPA conference.

Five questions to Lena Maria Nilsson about the Nunamed conference

At the turn of the month, Arctic health researchers are gathering in Nuuk, Greenland.

Surge of interest for the effects of the pandemic on the European Arctic

Almost fifty visitors and a professional broadcast of seminar on COVID-19 in the European Arctic.

Latest update: 2024-06-09