Várdobáiki Sámi Centre

Várdobáiki was established in 2002, as a result of extensive dialogue between various Sámi organisations and a number of municipalities in the region. The centre was organised as a cooperative, with each of the stakeholders owning a share, in order to give Várdobáiki the strongest possible social foundation.

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Sámi enthusiasts with specialised knowledge and a keen interest in the preservation and development of the Sámi cultural heritage were invited to chart the direction of the centre’s work. In 2014, Várdobáiki was formally incorporated; the shareholders are now the Sámi Parliament, many municipalities, Sámi organisations and supportive private parties.

The objective of the Várdobáiki Sámi Centre is to preserve and disseminate knowledge of the Sámi language, history and cultural heritage. Its focus is the southern part of Troms County and northern part of Nordland County, which are both part of the Sápmi heartland. 

Várdobáiki operates a museum, language centre and daycare centre; it carries out a variety of culturally focused measures aimed at the elderly and other people. As the region’s Sámi cultural centre, Várdobáiki actively supports other Sámi initiatives and institutions in their efforts to preserve and develop the Sámi language and culture. These will remain our priorities in the future.

Activities and functions

Várdobáiki currently covers a broad range of functions related to language, museum exhibitions, healthcare, daycare and other Sámi cultural work.

On issues related to Sámi language and culture, Várdobáiki is a key partner for many private and public organisations. Várdobáiki is well known for its extensive Sámi grassroots activities, which target many groups and have a strong user focus. Many of these activities were initiated as the result of proposals voiced by Várdobáiki’s users.


Lost reindeer by artist Ernst Ivan Simon Thomassen