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Mens Sana in Corpore Sano: A pilot study of the health of Italians living in Norway. Summary of main results

  • Laura Terragni
  • Giovanna Calogiuri og
  • Monica Miscali





OsloMet Skriftserie
ISSN 2535-6992

Om resultatet

Publiseringsår: 2020
Volum: 7
Hefte: 2020/7
Antall sider: 20
ISBN: 978-82-8364-251-3


Fagfelt (NPI)

Fagfelt: Samfunnsmedisin
- Fagområde: Medisin og helsefag

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Mens Sana in Corpore Sano: A pilot study of the health of Italians living in Norway. Summary of main results


Studies have shown how the move to another country is an event that has a possible negative impact on people’s health. Italian immigrants have not been specifically studied in previousinvestigations in Norway, and therefore information is lacking. Although the prevalence of Italian immigrants in Norway is low, especially when compared with other immigrant groups, it has tripled in the past 15 years. The purpose of this project was thus to carry out a pilot investigation among Italians living in Norway to obtain knowledge about their perceived health, food habits, physical activity and social relations. The study included an online survey (n = 330) conducted between 15 March and 24 April 2019) and some qualitative interviews (n = 14) , This report presents the preliminary and descriptive findings of the study. Based on our study’s results, it emerges that the health of Italians in Norway is generally good, compared with both the health of Norwegians and that of other immigrant groups. TheItalians in Norway are, generally, quite active. In particular, it seems that Norway offers better opportunities for engaging in physical activity and outdoor recreations. The Italians also have healthy nutritional habits, although we observed some challenges, mainly concerning the consumption of fruit and vegetables. The frequency and quality of interpersonal relationships is often judged as unsatisfactory. For many, the move to Norway meant a worsening of social relations. In addition, worthy of attention is the fact that a large number of the Italians report little trust in the Norwegian health system, as well as difficulties communicating with medical personnel. The present study has a number of limitations, especially the fact that the sample does not fully represent t he Italian population in Norway. For example, the proportion of women and people with a high level of education is larger than what is reported in the official sourcesfrom the Italian Embassy. This is important to take into consideration when interpreting the results, because previous studies indicate that women and people with a high level of education tend to have healthier lifestyles. Nevertheless, the results of this pilot study provide important indications about the general health condition of Italians and possible obstacles to a healthy life in a new country. This knowledge can be used to plan further studies, as well as to promote initiatives targeted at enhancing the health condition of the Italian community living in Norway.NB: This study was conducted before the COVID-19 pandemic. How the pandemic affected the health of the Italians living in Norway and their relation with the Norwegian health care system is therefore beyond the scope of this study.


Aktiv cristin-person

Laura Terragni

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Institutt for sykepleie og helsefremmende arbeid ved OsloMet - storbyuniversitetet
Aktiv cristin-person

Giovanna Calogiuri

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Institutt for folkehelse- og idrettsvitenskap ved Høgskolen i Innlandet
  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Institutt for sykepleie- og helsevitenskap ved Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge

Monica Miscali

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Institutt for historiske og klassiske studier ved Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
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