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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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[February 2023]

The report on the Sámi health survey ("Sámi Health on Equal Terms") will be published here during this month. As soon as it is accesible, we will add a link here. 

[December 2021]

See the interview to Petter regarding his Forte funded project (in Swedish).

Lávvuo has grown considerably this autumn with Lena Maria Nilsson, Laila Daerga and Oscar Sedholm now part of the team. Beyond planning new research projects we will be doing interviews for the ARCTIC-COV project during December and January, which will result in a scientific report in March 2022. 

[September 2021]

The Sametinget (Sámi Parliament) contribution to the national strategy for prevention of mental ill-health and suicide is now published (in Swedish). You can find it here

On the World suicide prevention day, friday the 10th of september, we participated in a webinar organized by Region Västerbotten. In our contribution we included the first results of the "Sámi-HET", showing that Sámi women and Sámi who do not speak Sámi report more mental health issues and suicidality, compared with Sámi men and Sámi who do speak Sámi, respectively. 

We have conducted the national Sámi Health on Equal Terms survey (Sámi-HET) between February and May 2021 with 3790 participants. Data analysis and publications will come in the coming months.



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.


Hur mår samerna i Sverige? (How are the Sámi in Sweden?)
Welcome to this seminar where we will present the findings of the survey "Sámi Health on Equal Terms"
Jokkmokk 1 February, kl 14.00 – 16.00
Place: Ájtte, hörsalen



Stoor JPA, San Sebastián M. A population-based study on health and living conditions among Sámi in Sweden: the SámiHET study. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2022 Dec;81(1):2076383. doi: 10.1080/22423982.2022.2076383

Stoor JPA, Eriksen HA, Silviken AC. "Mapping suicide prevention initiatives targeting Indigenous Sámi in Nordic countries". BMC Public Health. 2021;21(1):2035. doi:10.1186/s12889-021-12111-x.

Blåhed H, San Sebastián M. Health impact assessment of a mining project in Swedish Sápmi: lessons learned. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 2021; 1-8. doi.org/10.1080/14615517.2021.1981759.

Blåhed H, San Sebastián M. "If the reindeer die, everything dies": The mental health of a Sámi community exposed to a mining project in Swedish Sápmi. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2021 Dec;80(1):1935132. doi: 10.1080/22423982.2021.1935132.



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

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.

Sámi Health Research highlighted at the Arctic Observing Summit

Sámi and Arctic health research is highlighted during the first day of the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS 2022)

Latest update: 2023-02-02