Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland

Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland
Nord-Hålogaland bispedomme

View of the Tromsø Cathedral
Country Norway
Territory Finnmark and Troms
Deaneries Tromsø domprosti, Alta, Hammerfest, Indre Finnmark, Indre-Troms, Nord-Troms, Senja, Trondenes, Varanger
Parishes 66
Members 236,000
Denomination Church of Norway
Established 1952
Cathedral Tromsø Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Per Oskar Kjølaas

Location of the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland

Nord-Hålogaland (Norwegian: Nord-Hålogaland bispedømme) is a diocese in the Church of Norway. It covers Lutheran churches in Troms and Finnmark counties as well as Svalbard. The diocese is seated in the city of Tromsø at the Tromsø Cathedral, the seat of the presiding bishop, Per Oskar Kjølaas (bishop since 2002).[2]


Northern Norway (present-day Troms and Nordland) was separated from the large Diocese of Nidaros to become a diocese of its own in 1804 (formally in 1844). It was first named Tromsø Stift, but the name was changed to Diocese of Hålogaland in 1918. When Svalbard became part of Norway in 1920, it also became a part of this diocese. The Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland was established in 1952 when the Diocese of Hålogaland was divided into two new dioceses: Nord-Hålogaland and Sør-Hålogaland.


Bishop Per Oskar Kjølaas

The Bishops of the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland since its creation in 1952. For bishops before that year, see the Diocese of Hålogaland.


Main article: Tromsø Cathedral

Tromsø Cathedral was built in 1861. It was designed by architect Christian Heinrich Grosch. The cathedral was built of wood in Neo-Gothic style. The interior is dominated by the altar, a copy of the Resurrection by Adolph Tidemand.[3]


The Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland is divided into nine deaneries (Norwegian: prosti). Each one corresponds to several municipalities in the diocese. Each municipality is further divided into one or more parishes which each contain one or more congregations. See each municipality below for lists of churches and parishes within them.

Deanery (prosti)Municipalities
Tromsø domprosti Tromsø, Karlsøy, Svalbard
Alta prosti Alta, Hasvik, Loppa
Hammerfest prosti Gamvik, Hammerfest, Kvalsund, Lebesby, Måsøy, Nordkapp
Indre Finnmark prosti Karasjok, Kautokeino, Nesseby, Tana, Porsanger
Indre-Troms prosti Balsfjord, Bardu, Lavangen, Målselv, Salangen
Nord-Troms prosti Kvænangen, Kåfjord, Lyngen, Nordreisa, Skjervøy, Storfjord
Senja prosti Berg, Dyrøy, Lenvik, Sørreisa, Torsken, Tranøy
Trondenes prosti Gratangen, Harstad, Ibestad, Kvæfjord, Skånland
Varanger prosti Berlevåg, Båtsfjord, Sør-Varanger, Vadsø, Vardø

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  1. Store norske leksikon. "Nord-Hålogaland bispedømme" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  2. "Velkommen til Nord-Hålogaland bispedømme!" (in Norwegian). Nord-Hålogaland bispedømme. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  3. "Tromsø Cathedral".

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