The SAMINOR Study

The Population-based Study on Health and Living Conditions in Regions with Sami and Norwegian Populations.

SAMINOR is the only recent population survey in Norway and Sápmi (the areas traditionally inhabited by Sami) that enhances knowledge of the health and life circumstances of the Sami and Norwegian populations of Northern Norway.

SAMINOR focuses particularly on the health and life of the Sami and this indigenous perspective makes SAMINOR a unique database nationally and internationally. The Centre for Sami Health Research (CSHR) is responsible for the SAMINOR Study and cooperates with various research teams involved in health research in indigenous communities. The CSHR has partners in Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark/Greenland and Sweden.

Two surveys on health and living conditions, SAMINOR 1 (2003-2004) and SAMINOR 2 (2012-2014) have been completed. A third survey is being planned.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is Data Controller.

 

Name of survey

Years of survey

Number of participants 

Age groups

SAMINOR 1

2003–2004

16 865 women and men

30, 36–79 years

SAMINOR 2

2012–2014

 

Stage 1 – Questionnaire Survey

2012

11 600 women and men

18–69 years

Stage 2 – Clinical Survey

2012–2014

6004 women and men

40–79 years

 

 

The overall objective of the SAMINOR Study is to enhance knowledge of health and living conditions in the diverse region of Northern Norway. Important research areas are the prevalence of risk factors and various diseases and their possible causes. The SAMINOR Study is wide-ranging and can be divided into three main research areas:  

  • Physical health and factors affecting physical health. Examples of topics:
    1. Diabetes mellitus
    2. Cardiovascular disease
    3. Blood, iron and vitamins
    4. Health indicators such as body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference
    5. Environmental toxins 
    6. Dental health
    7. Sleep
  • Mental health and factors affecting mental health. Examples of topics:
    1. Suicide
    2. Alcohol and drugs
    3. Depression
  • Public health services. Examples of topics:
    1. Primary and specialist health care
    2. Interpreter services
    3. Referrals between levels of care
    4. Social security services

 

FEEDBACK TO MUNICIPALITIES

It is important to share our knowledge with the people being researched. As part of this work, reports have been prepared for all the municipalities included in the clinical survey in SAMINOR 2, showing the results for each municipality. These results can lead to promotion and prevention measures in public health and welfare in Northern Norway. The SAMINOR surveys can therefore be a useful contribution to meeting the requirements of the Norwegian Public Health Act. The results, however, depend on the level of participation; the more people who participate, the more accurate will be the picture of public health in a particular municipality. 

Report to Nesseby Municipality (in Norwegian)

Report to Tana Municipality (in Norwegian)

Report to Lyngen Municipality (in Norwegian)

Report to Storfjord Municipality (in Norwegian)

Report to Karasjok Municipality (in Norwegian)

Report to Porsanger Municipality (in Norwegian)

Report to Kautokeino Municipality (in Norwegian)

Report to Kåfjord Municipality (in Norwegian)

Report to Evenes Municipality, 2nd version (in Norwegian)

Report to Skånland Municipality, 2nd version (in Norwegian)