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Military chaplaincy

Military chaplains in Finland are qualified priests but employees of the Defence Forces. Both Lutheran and Orthodox Churches have military chaplains. They provide spiritual and mental support both for conscripted soldiers and hired personnel irrespective of their convictions. Military chaplains are present also in Finnish peacekeeping forces of the UN, NATO or EU abroad. Finns take a relatively positive stand when questioned about military chaplains; in 2015 76% thought that the presence of military chaplains in Defence Forces was either very positive or fairly positive fact and only 9% saw it as either very or fairly negative matter.

D 3 July 2017    ATommi Heino

CNRS Unistra Dres Gsrl

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