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The Church in numbers

Church statistics offer insights into the role the Church plays in Finnish society.

In 2019, membership of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland included approximately four million Finns, or 68.6% of the population.

In 2019, 28,352 infants became Church members through baptism, and 16,200 adult Finns joined the Church.

The Church comprises 378 parishes (as of 1 January 2020), which employ approximately 20,000 people in total.

In 2019, the Church had 2,089 pastors. In addition to their traditional role in parishes, pastors can also serve as hospital chaplains or family counsellors.

In 2019, 50.7% of our pastors were men and 49.3% women. Of hospital chaplains and family counsellors, 70% were women, and 14% of vicars were women. In total, 71% of all Church staff were women and 29% men that year.