Cathedral — living church

Turku Cathedral is the mother church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, and Finland's national shrine. It is also the seat of the Archbishop of Finland. 

Cathedral was the mother church of Finland in the Catholic era (until 1527), and has remained so in the Protestant era since the Reformation. 

About 68 % of Finns are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. Most of the funds needed to run the church come from church-levied taxes which are collected from church members in connection with the state and communal taxes.


Evangelical Lutheran Church is the biggest nomination in Finland. You can read more about the faith and organisation from the English web page of the Church. Click here to navigate to the English web page of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

Turku and Kaarina Parish Union

Turku Cathedral is the church of Turku Cathedral Parish. There are 10 parishes in Turku and Kaarina area, together they form Turku and Kaarina Parish Union. Which parish the person belongs to depends on where they live. (Swedish speakers belong to Åbo svenska församling.) Events in the Cathedral are conducted mainly by Turku Cathedral Parish and Åbo svenska församling. Turku Cathedral International Congregation works under Turku Cathedral Parish.