Lutheranism in Finland

Prayer has been at the heart of many people's lives in Finland through the centuries, but – and this is a very Finnish characteristic – faith is seen as a largely private matter. Don't be surprised to see Finns sitting alone in a quiet corner of the church during services.

Finnish spirituality has been much influenced by a rural life that was until quite recently the norm, and even today many Finns seek God in nature and wilderness: in the forest, and by the lake and seashore. Hymns and other spiritual songs have always had an important place in the lives of the Finnish faithful: expect to sing a lot if you go to a Finnish service!