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The Roman Catholic Church

After the Reformation, the Catholic Church disappeared from Finland for centuries, finally being officially reinstated in 1929 when it was registered as the Catholic Church in Finland. The majority of Catholic priests in Finland came from either Poland or the Netherlands. The first Finnish Catholic priest since 16th century was ordained in 1961 and the consecration of the first Finnish bishop in 2009 gained a lot of media attention. The Catholic Church has a membership of around 13,000, the majority of whom live in Helsinki and a few other cities in southern Finland. There are eight parishes and one independent diocese that covers the whole country. Finland has had diplomatic relations with the Vatican since 1942.

updated by Tommi Heino
25 May 2017