The Norwegian Church Abroad

The Norwegian Church Abroad serves as a cultural, social and spiritual meeting place for Norwegians abroad. The church serves around 900 000 Norwegians annually through more than 30 churches and 15 chaplains travelling to over 80 countries around the world visiting Norwegians around the globe. 

Founded in 1864, the Norwegian Seamen’s Mission,or Sjømannsmisjonen, was established to secure the moral and religious education of Scandinavian seafarers, but also to give them a “breathing space” where a fellow countryman was available to lend an ear and offer his attention. Today, the churches and their staff together with travelling pastors around the globe represent a “resource centre” for all Norwegians travelling internationally. 

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