Sofia Jannok

Brita Maret "Sofia" Jannok (born September 15, 1982) is a Swedish Sami artist, singer, songwriter and radio host. Several times, she has publicly taken a stance in social media against the establishment of mines on land used by Sami reindeer herders. Together with Mariela Idivuoma, she was hostess of the Liet-Lávlut music festival in 2006. She has also hosted the program "Mailbmi – small people great music" on Swedish Radio P2, and the Sámi children's program Unna Junná for Yle. Her music is inspired from diverse musical influences, like folk, pop, jazz and yoik. She sings mostly in Northern Sami, but also sings and writes lyrics in Swedish and English as well.

Sofia Jannok
Sofia Jannok at Centre Culturel Suedois in 2007
Sofia Jannok at Centre Culturel Suedois in 2007
Background information
Birth nameSofia Jannok
Born (1982-09-15) September 15, 1982 (age 37)

Sofia previously performed with Anna Kärrstedt in the duo "Sophia and Anna". She performed in Melodifestivalen 2009 with the song Waterloo in Sámi ("Čáhcceloo"). On June 30, 2009, she was one of the summer guest hosts on Swedish Radio P1. The day after, July 1, she participated in SVT's program from Skansen in Stockholm for the inauguration of the Swedish Presidency of the EU. At the opening meeting in the Parliament House in Stockholm on September 15, 2009, she performed "Samelands vidder".

From May 23–30 in 2010, Jannok performed in various bars and clubs in Shanghai and Beijing, China. From June 4–5, 2010, she attended the Talvatis Festival in Cardiff.[1]

During an inauguration of the Culture year in Umeå 2014[2] (Sami late winter) Sofia conducted a call of anti-racism with Cleo and Kristin Amparo before the performance of the song "Faller en, faller alla". On stage at the same time was also a group of left-wing anti-fascist activists wearing ski masks with the message "Free Joel" printed on their shirts, which alludes to the activist who was arrested and convicted for attempted manslaughter and rioting[3][4] because of the riots in Kärrtorp, when a group of Neo-Nazis attacked a left-wing anti-racism demonstration.[5][6][7]

Sofia performed at the first Sápmi Pride festival which took place in Kiruna, in Lapland in 2014 and was attended by 300 people.[8]



Year Album Peak positions
2007 White / Čeaskat  –
2008 By the Embers / Áššogáttis 16
2013 Áhpi (Wide as Oceans) 27
2016 ORDA – This is my land

Other appearancesEdit

  • 2000: Dál juovlla čuovggaid cahkkehit (Sami Christmas CD)
  • 2007: Ima ipmašat (children's CD, DAT)
  • 2007: Buoremus ájgge (children's CD, Mandy Senger & Sara Aira Fjällström)
  • 2000: *TV-musik ur dokumentärserien Samerna (Scandinavian Songs)
  • 2000: Great North (soundtrack, TVA International inc.)


  • 2000: "Čalmmit" (as part of Sofia och Anna)
  • 2004: "Liekkas clubmix" (promotional single, Publishment)

Music competitionsEdit


In 2014, Sofia Jannok was nominated for a Swedish Grammy for Áhpi (Wide as Oceans).[10]

In popular cultureEdit

Episode 5: Just Decide of Threshold podcast Season Two featured the song "We are Still Here" from Jannok's album ORDA – This is My Land.[11]


  1. ^ Elmo. "Talvatisfestivalen 2010". Archived from the original on June 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 1, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Vänsterextremist döms för dråpförsök på nazist".
  4. ^ "Vänsteraktivister bakom många våldsdåd".
  5. ^ Cleo, Kristin och Sofia Jannok i Umeå tillsammans med Free Joel-aktivister på scen. March 2, 2014 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Hiphop och jojk invigde vårvintern". Mynewsdesk.
  8. ^ "Världens första Sápmi Pride – bilder! – QX". Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  9. ^ "Sofia Jannok discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  10. ^ "2014 Archives – Grammisgalan". Grammis. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  11. ^ "Episode 5 Just Decide". Retrieved January 6, 2019.

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