Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland

Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland
Tromsø Cathedral

Nord-Hålogaland (Nord-Hålogaland bispedømme) is a diocese in the Church of Norway. It covers Lutheran churches in the counties of Troms, Finnmark and Svalbard. The cathedral city is Tromsø, and the bishop since 2002 is Per Oskar Kjølaas. The seat of the Bishop of the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland is at Tromsø Cathedral.[1]



Nord-Norge was separated from Diocese of Nidaros as a diocese of its own in 1804 (formally first in 1844). It was first named Tromsø Stift, but the name was changed to Hålogaland bispedømme in 1918. When Svalbard was granted to Norway in 1920 it also became a part of the diocese. The diocese was divided into Nord-Hålogaland and Sør-Hålogaland in 1952.

Tromsø Cathedral was built in 1861. It was designed by architect Christian Heinrich Grosch. The church is The cathedral was built of wood in Neo-Gothic style. The interior is dominated by the altar, a copy of the Resurrection by Adolph Tidemand. [2]



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