Information regarding the corona virus

(Updated 17.03.2020, 3:29 PM)

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. Health and safety is the number one priority, even though we have no indication saying that any of our students or staff have been infected by the virus.

Campus /Diehtosiida
Diehtosiida (SUAS’ campus) will be closed for all students. 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. Staff should rather work at home, than possibly infecting coworkers.  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. This order has retroactive effect from February 27. 

This imposition has been extended:

  • From March 17, this also applies for travellers arriving to Norway from Finland and Sweden, who are to be quarantined for 14 days regardless of whether they have symptoms of infection or not.

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

  • Stay at home and contact your GP or the emergency room. Isolation duration is max 14 days.

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.

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


The government has introduced comprehensive measures that will have consequences for the Sámi University of Applied Sciences. We will return with more information.

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