History

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland belongs to the western branch of Christianity. These are some key dates in its history:

  • c. 1000-1200 Christian burial customs are adopted in Finland
  • 1155 Bishop Henry arrives
  • 1300 Turku Cathedral is consecrated
  • 1488 The Missale Aboense is produced
  • 1507-1557 Mikael Agricola, the Finnish reformer
  • 1548 The New Testament is translated into Finnish
  • 1642 The complete Finnish Bible is translated
  • 1809 Finland becomes part of the Russian Empire
  • 1817 The Bishop of Turku is made Archbishop
  • 1869 Enactment of new Church Law
  • 1917 Finland gains its independence
  • 1923 The Freedom of Religion Act is passed
  • 1988 The first women are ordained as priests
  • 1996 The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland signs the Porvoo Agreement