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Religion in Finland & Places of Worship

Introduction to Religion in Finland
Prior to Christianisation, Finnish paganism was the primary religion, worshipping a number of different deities. The principal god was the god of thunder and the sky, Ukko. Today most people in Finland are, at least nominally, members of a Christian church, but since the 1980s there has been a significant increase in the number of people without religious affiliation. As of 2011 about 77% of the population were members of the main state church, the Lutheran Church of Finland, with just over 1% belonging to the second state church, Finland's Orthodox Church. There are also Catholic, Jewish and Islamic congregations as well as numerous smaller religious communities.

There has been complete freedom of religion in Finland since 1923. Religious Education is a compulsory school subject, but every pupil can receive Religious Education according to his or her own religion (more information).

Places of Worship in Finland / Contact Information

The Chaplaincy cares for the pastoral needs of Anglicans and Episcopalians in Helsinki and throughout Finland.

Service times and information available from:
The Anglican Church in Finland's web site: www.anglican.fi
Anglican Church in Finland
Tehtaankatu 23 B
00150 Helsinki
Churchwarden Tel: 040 738 2590

The Catholic Church in Finland is formed by only one Diocese, Helsinki, which comprises the whole of Finland.

Information available from:
The Catholic Church in Finland's web site: www.katolinen.net
Catholic Information Centre
Pyhän Henrikin aukio 1 B
00140 Helsinki
Tel. 09 612 9470

International Evangelical Church
The International Evangelical Churchis an interdenominational congregation.

Information available from:
The International Evangelical Church in Finland's web site: wwww.church.fi
International Christian Center
Ruoholahdenkatu 16,
00180 Helsinki
Tel: 09 5868 770

The Islamic Society of Finland website www.rabita.fi has disappeared since February 2016. I believe the organisation is still running at:
Lönnrotinkatu 22 A 5,
00120 Helsinki
Tel: 09 278 2551
See also The Helsinki Islamic Center: www.hic.fi

Jewish Community Synagogue and Jewish Community Center (Orthodox).

Information available from:
Jewish Community of Helsinki, Finland's web site: www.jchelsinki.fi
Additional information: Kosher Delight - Finland
Malminkatu 26,
00100 Helsinki
Tel: 09 586 0310

Comprehensive web site in English, Finnish and Swedish.

Information available from:
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland's web site: www.evl.fi > In English
See also the International Congregations page, listing services, courses and programmes in English in many cities.
Main Office:
Satamakatu 11,
00161 Helsinki
Tel: 09 18021

Churches, news, events and more now available in limited English.

Information available from:
The Orthodox Church of Finland's web Site: www.ort.fi/en See also: www.ortodoksi.net
The seat of the Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland is in Kuopio:
Karjalankatu 1,
70110 Kuopio.
Tel: 0206 100 230

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