Martti Simojoki

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The Most Reverend
Martin Simojoki
Archbishop of Turku and Finland
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Church Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
Archdiocese Turku
In office 1964–1978
Predecessor Ilmari Salomies
Successor Mikko Juva
Ordination 1930
Consecration 1959
Rank Archbishop
Personal details
Born (1908-09-17)September 17, 1908
Uusikaupunki Finland
Died April 25, 1999(1999-04-25) (aged 90)
Helsinki Finland
Nationality Finnish
Previous post Bishop of Mikkeli (1951–1959)
Bishop of Helsinki (1959–1964)

Martti Ilmari Simojoki, previously Simelius (September 17, 1908 Uusikaupunki – April 25, 1999 in Helsinki) was the Archbishop of Turku, and the spiritual head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland between 1964 and 1978. Simojoki became the first bishop of the Diocese of Helsinki that was established in 1959.

Simojoki is known for his criticism of Hannu Salama's book Juhannustanssit in 1964, which led to author's conviction for blasphemy.

He is buried in the Hietaniemi Cemetery in Helsinki.[1]


  1. ^ "Hietaniemen hautausmaa – merkittäviä vainajia" (PDF). Helsingin seurakuntayhtymä. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 

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Preceded by
Ilmari Salomies
Archbishop of Turku
Succeeded by
Mikko Juva
New office Bishop of Helsinki
Succeeded by
Aarre Lauha
Preceded by
Ilmari Salomies
Bishop of Mikkeli
Succeeded by
Osmo Alaja