Information regarding the corona virus

(Updated 8th of May11:00 AM)

The Sámi University of Applied Sciences (SUAS) monitors the corona virus situation continuously and puts measures into action based on advises from the authorities and own assessments. 

Ministry of Education and Research decided 7th of May that it will be possible for a larger groups of students and employees to return to campus again. Sami allaskuvla will do necessary decisitions during next week, and more information will follow in week 20.

News from April
Prime Minister Erna Solberg informed at press conference 7th of April that Norway seems to have gained control of the coronavirus outbreak so far, and that it is now possible to open Norwegian society somewhat. It is important to note that existing infection control rules will still be applicable.

Sámi University of Applied Sciences received signals that some students and staff in academic positions who are in the final stages of studies and projects, and who are completely dependent on equipment at the university to graduate, may return to campus April 27. For SUAS it applies for Duodji students who are completing their education in spring semester 2020. They will have access to do necessary practical work in duodji rooms from April 27th, after consultation their study coordinator.

For the rest of us, it is important to note that there has been no change in the policy regarding working out of a home office. We will still work from home. Diehtosiida/campus reading rooms will remain closed.

Campus /Diehtosiida
Diehtosiida (SUAS’ campus) will be closed for students for the rest of spring semester 2020. Changes will only be if the Government decides to open campus. Students’ key cards will no longer give access. Staff is advised to work from home. Do not come to Diehtosiida if you are ill or getting sick. This applies even if you do not suspect being infected by the corona virus. Do not invite/let in guests and visitors to Diehtosiida.

Following national advice on preventing the spread of corona infection, all SUAS’ seminars and conferences until June have been postponed. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, and will return with more information as soon as possible. Any kind of events that gather more than 100 people should be avoided. Also consider whether it is necessary to attend any other major/big events. 

The municipal doctor has advised that we should be especially careful when we have been travelling, if the virus accompanies to Kautokeino. Because of this, employees who now are arriving home from travels will work from home for the rest of this week and next week, even if they do not have any flu symptoms. Do not travel if not necessary.

Travels and quarantine
The Norwegian Directorate of Health has introduced quarantine injunctions for all travellers arriving to Norway from other countries, who should stay in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival regardless of whether they have symptoms of infection or not. Guovdageainnu suohkan/ municipality has in addition separate rules for quarantine, that if you have been travelling south of Nordland and come to Guovdageaidnu, then you have to stay in quarantine for 14 days after arriving.

If you suspect that you are infected with the corona virus or you have been in contact with someone who has the corona virus:

  • Stay at home and contact your GP or the emergency room by phone.

Everyone is encouraged to follow the recommendations given by the authorities of the area/country they are in (for example Sweden or Finland) and to take responsibility for our common health.

National informamation sites
Do you have questions about the coronavirus? Call the Norwegian Institute of Public Health information phone: 815 55 015.

Norwegian Institute of Public Health has made brochure and video about coronavirus in several languages, such as Lule Sami, North Sami and in English.

Take a look for information on this website too: