Religious Denominations

There has been a complete freedom of religion in Finland since 1923. Everyone is therefore entitled to practise their own religion and to express their beliefs as long as they don't violate the fundamental human rights or break the law. Finns are not particularly active church-goers even though most of them belong to the church. Most Finns observe the Christian faith, belonging to either the Evangelical Lutheran (78%) or the Orthodox Church (1%).

There is also a prayer room for on the Kuopio Campus. The room is locked so you will need a key to access the room. You can apply for a key to the prayer room from the Office of Facilities Management located in the Snellmania building, ground floor, Ms. Anne Sulkakoski, Room 1078/5.


  •  Evangelical Lutheran Church:
    • Church of Joensuu, south end of Kirkkokatu
    • Parish hall, address Kirkkokatu 28, tel. +358 13263 5300
    • Church of Noljakka, address Noljakantie 81
    • Church of Pielisensuu, address Tikkamäentie 15
    • Church of Rantakylä, address Rantakylänkatu 2
  • The Orthodox Church of Saint Nikolaos: North end of Kirkkokatu, Saturday Vigil 6pm, Sunday Liturgy 10am
  • Catholic Church:  Mass is celebrated at orthodox seminary, Torikatu 41 (parish: Joosef, Kuopio).
  • Evangelical Free Church (vapaaseurakunta), Kalevankatu 36, interpretation into English on the family, service on Sundays

  • Pentecostal Church (helluntaiseurakunta): Niinivaarantie 26,interpretation into English during every Sunday service 11am

  • Islam: Joensuu Mosque of Islam, Kauppakatu 35, open 24 hours a day

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonit, Myöhempien Aikojen Pyhien Jeesuksen Kristuksen Kirkko) - Torikatu 32

  • Seventh-day Adventist Church (Adventtiseurakunta)- Ilmarisenkatu 1

  • The International Christian Fellowship in Joensuu. Interdenominational and international group of people, seeking to build bridges, encourage unity and love between people of all nations. Activities are regular meetings, English Services



You can find out more about the activities of the parishes/congragations/groups by contacting them directly.

  • Evangelical-Lutheran Church: Suokatu 22, Tel +358 (0)17 158 11 (switch board), Church in Kuopio
  • Orthodox Church: Parish of Kuopio,Snellmaninkatu 8, Tel. +358 (0)206 100 300
  • Islam: Kuopio Mosque, The Islamic Society of Savo, Soikkokuja 12, email: mimursal(at)
    • There is a prayer room on Campus. For more information, please contact anne.kauppinen (at)
  • Seventh-day Adventist Church (adventtiseurakunta): Saastamoisenkatu 10, Tel. 358 (0)45 345 7870
  • Catholic Church:  A Chapel of Saint Olav´s Paris- Saint Joseph´s Chapel, Lönnrotinkatu 24
  • Pentecostal Church (helluntaiseurakunta) International Friendship Group Kuopio, Vuorikatu 29, Tel: +358 (0)44 3627 523 or  +358 (0)41 4735 596
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (mormonit, Myöhempien Aikojen Pyhien Jeesuksen Kristuksen Kirkko): Siikaniemenkatu 2