Finland

Prayer Needs:

• Pray for believers isolating themselves from the body of Christ to be convicted of their need for fellowship.

 • Pray for churches to send more missionaries to neighboring Baltic nations.

 • Pray for Finns leading comfortable lives to see their need for a Savior. 

Country Situation:

The Republic of Finland is draped with lush forests and speckled with thousands of lakes, and cold, subarctic temperatures envelope the Northern European nation located between Sweden and Russia. In the north, the sun remains bright at all hours during the summer, and in the winter it hovers just above the horizon for nearly eight weeks. Finland is one of the most peaceful and affluent European nations and is considered to have one of the best-qualified workforces in the world due to the government's focus on education, training, and research.

Over 80% of people in Finland identify themselves as Christians, and many attend the Lutheran Church of Finland. The church is known for sending out missionaries to all nations, specifically the unevangelized world, and the nation can easily access the former Soviet Republics as a result of its location. While the church has steadily sent out missionaries, though, local church attendance has dramatically declined, and Islam and fringe religions are growing. Meanwhile, churches are adopting a secularized view of the Gospel. Only 8% of Finns claim to attend any kind of religious service every month, and only 3% go weekly. Many Free churches, while not growing, are at least maintaining their numbers.

 (Source: prayercast.com)


Finland has a national Lutheran church whose pastors’ salaries are paid by the government. More than 90 percent of the population belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, but some authorities estimate that only 4 percent attend church on a weekly basis.

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began work in Finland in 1923. The LCMS was in altar and pulpit fellowship with the Confessional Lutheran Church of Finland from 1928 to 1999, at which time the Finnish church officially severed the relationship by convention vote. The two church bodies maintain friendly relations.

Currently, the Confessional Lutheran Church of Finland reports a baptized membership of 318 in 14 congregations and preaching stations and a national staff of two pastors. The church focuses on radio ministry, publications, literature, mission and local work in the congregations.

(Source: LCMS.org)

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