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Church Council, Evangelical -Lutheran Church of Finland

Identification number in the register: 62246798057-28
Registration date: 16/02/2012 10:35:14

The information on this entity was last modified on: 22/01/2015 11:23:42
The date of the last annual update was: 22/01/2015 11:23:42

This entry follows the format of the previous Register. It will be changed to the new format when the entity makes the next update.
Next update due latest on: 27/04/2015

    Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Church Council, Evangelical -Lutheran Church of Finland


Institution under public law

    Section of registration

V - Organisations representing churches and religious communities

Organisations representing churches and religious communities

    Contact details

Satamakatu, 11 A
P.O. box: 185
Helsinki 00160

(+358) 9 180 21

(+358) 9 180 2350

    Person with legal responsibility

Mr  Jukka Keskitalo

Director General

    Person in charge of EU relations

Ms  Lena Kumlin

Legal Adviser on European Affairs

    Goals / remit

The Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland is a majority folk church, with the vast majority (77,3 % or 4,2 million people) of the Finnish population as members. The Church has a special status as a public-law institution and acts in accordance with the principle of transparency and openness of the public administration.

The Church Council is responsible for the Church's common administration, economy and strategy and maintains contacts with the public administration, prepares statements and is the voice of the Church in public discourse.

The goals of the Church Council's work on EU affairs is to monitor EU policies and legislation in areas of relevance for the Church and, when appropriate, try to infleunce the decision-making process on both national and European level, bringing forward perspectives arising from the Christian faith. The aim is also to protect the interests and safeguard the operational preconditions of the Church.

The Church Council stresses the importance of Article 17 of the Lisbon Treaty, calling for an open, transparent and regular dialogue between the EU and Churches.

  • European
  • global
  • national
  • regional/local


The Church Council monitors EU affairs on a broad scale. In 2011, the main EU initiatives covered included the Europe 2020-strategy, the EU migration and asylum policy including the implementation of the Stockholm programme and the modernization of the Professional Qualifications Directive.

For current information about our activities, please visit our website

    Number of persons involved in the activities described in the box above


The Chancellor of the Church Council has the main responsibility for EU affairs. The Legal Adviser for EU affairs is responsible for the daily work related to EU affairs, including monitoring and coordinating EU issues, preparing various statements, keeping in touch with national authorities, EU instituions and various cooperation partners, information and communication.

A EU Reference Group meets on a regular basis in order to discuss current EU issues and decide on possible further measures.

The Church's Advisory Board on European Affairs is a consultative expert body which meets twice a year in order to discuss and reflect on current EU issues of relevance to the Church.

    Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons

    Fields of interest

  • Climate Action
  • Culture
  • Development
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Regional Policy
  • Taxation

    Membership and affiliation



Conference of European Churches (CEC) and its Church and Society Commission (CSC) and Churches in Dialogue-commission

Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME)


Ecumenical Office for EU Relations (Ekumeniska EU-kontoret)

Lutheran World Federation

World Council of Churches

    Financial data

01/2013  -  12/2013

28,734,894 €






28,734,894 €


28,734,894 €

1,000,000  € - 1,250,000  €

The overall budget of the Church Council consists of contributions from the congregations.

The Church is economically independent. It collects taxes from Church members and receives part of the corporate tax levied by the state as a compensation for the societal duties discharged by the Church, such as maintenance of cemeteries and church buildings.

    Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.