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 :

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.

Current jurisdictions[edit]

Latin jurisdictions[edit]

Eastern Catholic jurisdiction[edit]

Ukrainian Catholic Church (Byzantine rite in Ukrainian language)

Defunct Latin jurisdictions[edit]

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[edit]

The Ancient Nidaros Diocese (1015 - 1152) covered North-Western and Northern Norway before the Archdiocese was established.

Metropolitan Archdiocese of Nidaros (at Trondheim)

The Catholic Archdiocese of Nidaros (1152 - 1537) headed an ecclesiastical province which included the following suffragan dioceses.

Map of ecclesiastical province of Nidaros (1153-1387)
Diocese Territory Cathedral Founded
Archdiocese of Nidaros Central and Northern Norway
Main cathedral and seat of the archbishop
Nidarosdomen Nidarosdomen1152
Bjørgvin (earlier Selja) Western Norway Christ Church 10681068
Oslo Eastern Norway St. Hallvards Cathedral 10681068
Hamar Inland of Eastern Norway Ancient Hamar Cathedral 11521152
Stavanger South-Western and Southern Norway Stavanger Cathedral 11251125
Kirkjubøur Faroe Islands St. Magnus Cathedral 1100c. 1100
Kirkjuvagr Orkney and Shetland St. Magnus Cathedral 1035c. 1035
Suðreyjar Isle of Man, Islands of the Clyde and the Hebrides Peel Cathedral 11541154
Skálholt Southern Iceland Skálholt Cathedral 10561056
Hólar Northern Iceland Hólar Cathedral 11061106
Garðar Greenland Gardar Cathedral 11241124


Only direct precursors of the current sees.

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