Kiruna Church

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Kiruna Church
Kiruna church in July 2020.jpg
Kiruna Church in July 2020
67°51′7.2″N 20°13′58.7″E / 67.852000°N 20.232972°E / 67.852000; 20.232972Coordinates: 67°51′7.2″N 20°13′58.7″E / 67.852000°N 20.232972°E / 67.852000; 20.232972
DenominationChurch of Sweden
Consecrated8 December 1912 (1912-12-08)

Kiruna Church (Swedish: Kiruna kyrka) is a church building in Kiruna, Sweden, and is one of Sweden's largest wooden buildings. The church exterior is built in a Gothic Revival style, while the altar is in Art Nouveau.

In 2001, Kiruna Church was voted the most popular pre-1950 building in Sweden, in a country-wide poll conducted by the Swedish Travelling Exhibitions, a government agency connected to the Ministry of Culture.[1] It is considered to be "the Shrine of the Nomadic people."[2]

Because of the expansion of the Kiruna Mine, the church is slated to be moved to a location adjacent to the cemetery in 2025 or 2026.[3]


Interior of the church.

The church was built between 1909 and 1912, and consecrated by Bishop Olof Bergqvist on 8 December 1912.[4] Since 1913, the church has been included in the Jukkasjärvi parish in the diocese of Luleå. Gustaf Wickman was the church's architect and the famous altarpiece is a work of Prince Eugen, Duke of Närke.


  1. ^ Kiruna kyrka firar 100 år hela året, Norrländska Socialdemokraten 25 May 2012, retrieved 11 August 2013 (in Swedish)
  2. ^ "The Best Cathedrals in Sweden". Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  3. ^ "Kiruna Kyrka, Stadsomvandling" (in Swedish). Kiruna Kommun. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Kiruna kyrka" (in Swedish). Jukkasjärvi Parish. Retrieved 9 January 2015.

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