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Our churches serve as cultural, social and spiritual meeting places for Norwegians abroad.

We offer the  atmosphere of a Norwegian home away from home with waffles, coffee, Norwegian newspapers and Norwegian TV.

Sjømannskirken serve around 900.000 Norwegians annually through over 30 churches and 15  chaplains traveling to more than 80 countries around the world visiting Norwegians around the globe  Among these chaplains, we have 4 full time student chaplains visiting Norwegian students on all continents, and 7 chaplains operating on Norwegian oil installations in the North Sea.
Several of our churches are operated on a Scandinavian basis.

The Norwegian  churches abroad and  traveling chaplains have an international network of social meeting places where seafarers, students, business people, tourists, families and other travelling Norwegians can come "home" for a while. Founded in 1864, The Norwegian Seamen's Mission - 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 give some attention. Today, the churches and their staff together with travelling pastors around the globe represent a "resource center" for all Norwegians travelling internationally.

Sjømannskirken is part of the Lutheran Church of Norway, but has an independent governance structure. The Bishop of Bergen has Episcopal oversight over priests, deacons and cathecists working abroad.

Norwegian Church Abroad, its main office in Bergen, Norway, is a charitable organization supported by the Church of Norway and the Norwegian Government. Sjømannskirken is also a member of ICMA and the Council of Nordic Seamen's Missions.

If you have further questions, please write to or call + 47 55 55 22 55