Register of Religious Communities

The Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) keeps the Register of Religious Communities. The PRH registers religious communities and their congregations or other local communities and notifications of changes relating to these communities. Neither the Evangelical Lutheran Church nor the Orthodox Church of Finland nor their congregations are filed with the Register of Religious Communities.

The register-keeping is based on the Freedom of Religion Act. Provisions on the establishment of a religious community and on the basis for its operation are also laid down in the Act. The aim of the Act is to create a framework for freedom of religious association, which is part of the freedom of religion. Under the reference provisions of the Freedom of Religion Act, the Associations Act is applied quite extensively on these religious bodies.

An Expert Board functioning in connection with the Ministry of Education and Culture has the task of giving the PRH its opinion whether the purpose and forms of activity of a particular religious community are in compliance with the Freedom of Religion Act.

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Latest update 17.03.2017