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9th Conference on the Nordic Folk Churches in a Multireligious Society

Welcome to the 9th Conference on the Nordic Folk Churches in a Multireligious Society. The conference will take place in Helsinki and Espoo on October 27-29, 2021.

Preliminary schedule:

27 October:

12.30 - 16.00 Participating in the 10th anniversary of the CORE Forum (The National Forum for Cooperation of Religions in Finland) in Balderin Sali Hall in Helsinki

17.00 An urban pilgrimage


28 October:

8.30 Traveling to Espoo

9.30 International meeting point Trapesa in Espoo

10.15 Miriam Attias, project leader, mediator, depolarize.fi: Inside polarisation: basic laws, roles we play and game changing choices

12.00 Lunch

13.30 Marko Juntunen, PhD, Senior researcher Finn Church Aid: Islam and multicultural urban space in Finland

15.00 Coffee pause

15.30 COVID-19 pandemic's impact on religious communities: What has happened? What will happen after the pandemic? Land reports and discussion.

17.00 Social evening at bishop's house. Bishop of Espoo Diocese Kaisamari Hintikka


29 October:

9.00 Present day and the future - how to co-operate?

11.00 Towards the next meeting

12.00 Lunch


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be some needs for changes. A more exact program will be released as soon as possible.

Registration information


Please register by 29 September 2021.


There are 40 rooms reserved for participants, at a special conference rate, at the Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti.

A room for one person costs 140 Euros per night (280 Euros for both nights). This offer is available until 29 September 2021. Hotel breakfast, sauna, and Wi-Fi are included in the price. After registration, you will get the information needed to get the reduced rate.


Should the pandemic prevent a physical meeting, we will organize a virtual, one-day conference online on Thursday 28 October. We will keep you informed about the situation in Finland.  

New information will be shared by the end of September. 

Guidelines for Interreligious Encounter

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland has published a new document, Guidelines for Interreligious Encounter. It aims to encourage and inspire both parishes and individual church members in meeting those who believe differently in the spirit of Christian charity and hospitality. You can read it online:

In English

In Swedish

In Finnish

Tervetuloa pohjoismaisten uskontodialogisihteerien tapaamiseen

Uskontojen kohtaamisen toimikunta ja Kirkon lähetystyön keskus järjestävät yhdeksännen pohjoismaisten kansankirkkojen uskontodialogitoimijoiden tapaamisen Helsingissä ja Espoossa 27.-29.10.2021. Tarkempi ohjelma julkaistaan tällä sivulla ja lähetetään ilmoittautuneille. Tapahtuman kieli on englanti. 

Ilmoittautuminen tulee tehdä 28.9.2021 mennessä.