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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 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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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.

Brandén J, Nilsson LM, Burman M, Stoor JP. Utsatthet för sexuellt våld bland samiska kvinnor i Sverige: den Samiska HLV studien 2021 [Exposure to sexual violence among Sámi women in Sweden: the SámiHET 2021 study]. Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning 2023;47 (2-3): 113–129

Ouma A, Jacobsson L, Nilsson LM. Sámi traditional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine – a descriptive study of use within the Sámi population of Sweden, International Journal of Circumpolar Health 2023; 82:1. doi: 10.1080/22423982.2023.2222908.

Dresse MT, Stoor JP, San Sebastian M, Nilsson LM. Prevalence and factors associated with healthcare avoidance during the COVID-19 pandemic among the Sámi in Sweden: the SámiHET study. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2023 Dec;82(1):2213909. doi: 10.1080/22423982.2023.2213909. 

San Sebastián M, Stoor JP. The self-reported health of the Sámi in Sweden: the SámiHET study. Eur J Public Health. 2023 Mar 23:ckad040. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckad040.







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: 2023-11-01