List of Catholic dioceses in Norway
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The Catholic Church in Norway (where the state church is Lutheran) and its overseas territories has no ecclesiastical province nor belongs to any (all sees being exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy See) nor has a national episcopal conference, but the Norwegian Catholic episcopate partakes in the Episcopal conference of Scandinavia.
The three proper sees are all Latin rite :
- one full bishopric in the national capital
- two missionary pre-diocesan territorial prelatures.
The Eastern Catholics are pastorally served by a transnational apostolic exarchate from Germany.
There formally is also an Apostolic Nunciature to Norway, as papal embassy-level diplomatic representation, albeit vested in the Apostolic Nunciature to Sweden (in Djursholm), as are the nunciatures to Denmark, Finland and Iceland, covering the Nordic countries.
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Oslo, which also covers Bouvet island
- Territorial Prelature of Tromsø, which also covers Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Spitzbergen)
- Territorial Prelature of Trondheim
Eastern Catholic jurisdiction
- Ukrainian Catholic Apostolic Exarchate in Germany and Scandinavia, also covering Germany (with the see in Münich), Denmark, Finland and Sweden
Defunct Latin jurisdictions
Early in the 11th century, Norway became christianed. In the Middle Ages, Norway's territory was different, greater than the present. Below is a list of dioceses within the then boundaries, before the Protestant Reformation.
Dioceses subordinate the Archdiocese of Nidaros
The Ancient Nidaros Diocese (1015 - 1152) covered North-Western and Northern Norway before the Archdiocese was established.
|Archdiocese of Nidaros||Central and Northern Norway
Main cathedral and seat of the archbishop
|Bjørgvin (earlier Selja)||Western Norway||Christ Church||1068|
|Oslo||Eastern Norway||St. Hallvards Cathedral||1068|
|Hamar||Inland of Eastern Norway||Ancient Hamar Cathedral||1152|
|Stavanger||South-Western and Southern Norway||Stavanger Cathedral||1125|
|Kirkjubøur||Faroe Islands||St. Magnus Cathedral||c. 1100|
|Kirkjuvagr||Orkney and Shetland||St. Magnus Cathedral||c. 1035|
|Suðreyjar||Isle of Man, Islands of the Clyde and the Hebrides||Peel Cathedral||1154|
|Skálholt||Southern Iceland||Skálholt Cathedral||1056|
|Hólar||Northern Iceland||Hólar Cathedral||1106|
Only direct precursors of the current sees.