Diocese of Copenhagen

The Diocese of Copenhagen (Danish: Københavns Stift) is a diocese within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark. The Bishop of Copenhagen is currently Peter Skov-Jakobsen, who replaced Erik Normann Svendsen in 2009.[1] The main cathedral of the diocese is the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen.[2]

Diocese of Copenhagen

Københavns Stift
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The Cathedral of Copenhagen seen from Rundetårn
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Members467,632 (58.1%)
DenominationChurch of Denmark
CathedralCathedral of Our Lady in Copenhagen
Current leadership
BishopPeter Skov-Jakobsen
Bishops emeritusErik Norman Svendsen Bishop Emeritus (1992-2009)
Website of the Diocese

The Bishop of Copenhagen has a special status as primus inter pares among the Danish bishops, but does not bear the title "archbishop" because he does not hold Metropolitan status. The Bishop of Zealand formerly held this title, until the Diocese of Copenhagen was created in 1922.[3] Though the bishop acts as the main authority among other bishops, the supreme authority of the church rests with The Queen of Denmark, while the administrative head is the Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs.

The Diocese of Copenhagen was formed in 1922 when the Diocese of Zealand was divided in two, the other portion forming the Diocese of Roskilde. The diocese was further split in 1961, when the Diocese of Helsingør disjoined.[4]

List of BishopsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "København har fundet ny biskop". TV2 (in Danish). 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  2. ^ Torgard, Susanne. "Kirkens historie". Vor Frue Kirke: Københavns Domkirke (in Danish). Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  3. ^ Bøgh, Anders (22 October 2018). "Bispeinstitutionen". danmarkshistorien.dk (in Danish). Aarhus University. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Fakta om Helsingør Stift". helsingoerstift.dk (in Danish). Helsingør Stift. Retrieved 2020-12-21.