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Lutheran Diocese of Bjørgvin

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The Diocese of Bjørgvin (Norwegian: Bjørgvin bispedømme) is one of the 11 dioceses that make up the Church of Norway. It includes all of the churches located in the counties of Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane in Western Norway. The cathedral city is Bergen, Norway's second largest city. Bergen Cathedral, formerly the Church of Saint Olaf, serves as the seat of the presiding Bishop. The bishop since 2008 has been Halvor Nordhaug.[1][2][3]

Diocese of Bjørgvin

Bjørgvin bispedømme
Halvor Nordhaug i lilla.JPG
Bishop Halvor Nordhaug
TerritoryHordaland, Sogn og Fjordane
Deaneries10 prosti
Area34,083 km2 (13,160 sq mi)
Members481 804
DenominationChurch of Norway
CathedralBergen Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopHalvor Nordhaug
Location of the Diocese of Bjørgvin
Location of the Diocese of Bjørgvin


Bergen Cathedral (Bergen domkirke)

Prior to 1536, the state religion of Norway was Roman Catholicism, but the government of the Kingdom of Denmark-Norway joined in with the Protestant Reformation and in 1536 it declared itself to be Lutheran, and the Church of Norway was formed. In 1537, the diocese of Bjørgvin consisted of the (modern) counties of Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane (with exception of the parishes of Eidfjord and Røldal).

The region of Sunnmøre (to the north) was transferred from the Diocese of Nidaros to the Diocese of Bjørgvin in 1622. The parish of Eidfjord was transferred from the Diocese of Stavanger to Bjørgvin in 1630. The parish of Røldal was transferred from the Diocese of Kristiansand to Bjørgvin in 1863. The Sunnmøre region was removed from the Diocese of Bjørgvin in 1983 when it, along with the regions of Nordmøre and Romsdal (from the Diocese of Nidaros), were established as a separate diocese, the Diocese of Møre.[4]


The Old Norse form of the name for Bergen was Bjǫrgvin. The first element is berg or bjǫrg, which translates as "mountain". The last element is vin, which translates as "meadow". It is an old form of the name for the present-day city of Bergen.[5]


The Diocese of Bjørgvin is divided into ten deaneries (Norwegian: Prosti) spread out over the two counties. There is one deanery (Nordhordland) that covers parts of both counties. Each deanery corresponds to one or more municipalities in the diocese. Each municipality is further divided into one or more parishes which each contain one or more congregations. See each municipality below for lists of churches and parishes within them.[6]

County Deanery (Prosti) Municipalities
Hordaland Bergen domprosti Bergen
Arna og Åsane prosti Bergen, Osterøy
Fana prosti Austevoll, Bergen, Os
Hardanger og Voss prosti Eidfjord, Fusa, Granvin, Jondal, Kvam, Odda, Samnanger, Ullensvang, Ulvik, Vaksdal, Voss
Sunnhordland prosti Bømlo, Etne, Fitjar, Kvinnherad, Stord, Sveio, Tysnes
Vesthordland prosti Askøy, Fjell, Sund, Øygarden
Hordaland and
Sogn og Fjordane
Nordhordland prosti H: Austrheim, Fedje, Lindås, Masfjorden, Meland, Modalen, Radøy
S: Gulen, Solund
Sogn og Fjordane Sogn prosti Aurland, Balestrand, Leikanger, Luster, Lærdal, Sogndal, Vik, Årdal
Nordfjord prosti Bremanger, Eid, Gloppen, Hornindal, Selje, Stryn, Vågsøy
Sunnfjord prosti Askvoll, Fjaler, Flora, Førde, Gaular, Hyllestad, Høyanger, Jølster, Naustdal



  1. ^ "Bergen Domkirke" (in Norwegian). Gamle Bergen Museum.
  2. ^ Knudsen, Jacob Frode (2001). Bergen Domkirke 700 år. Bergen.
  3. ^ Lidén, Hans-Emil; Magerøy, Ellen Marie (1990). Norges kirker : Bergen. Oslo: Gyldendal. ISBN 8205123683.
  4. ^ Lampe, Johan Fredrik (1895). Bergen stifts biskoper og præster. Kristiania: Cammermeyers Boghandel.
  5. ^ "Bjorgvin" (PDF). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "Prostia i Bjørgvin" (in Norwegian). Bjørgvin bispedømme. Retrieved 2015-04-12.