Turku • Åbo
The Chapel Parish in Turku reaches out to people in the city of Turku and in Western Finland as well as in Pori. We meet every fourth Sunday of the month at 2.30 pm for worship in the Sniper's Chapel of the Turku Cathedral—a service for children is offered in parallel with this service. Services are also held on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day. During the summer months, we especially invite tourists to the services. After the service we gather for church coffee in our parish center, Kaskenkatu 1 in Turku. The Chapel Parish also has a multilingual afternoon activity for first and second grade students during the school year.
The German–speaking afternoon care 'Saksankerho'The link opens in a new tab can be reached by phone +358 50 438 1588 or by email [email protected]. Suvi Mäkinen takes care of all matters concerning the community in Turku and around—for all other questions, please contact our congregation's secretary in Helsinki, Anne Breiling, on weekdays from 9 am to 3 pm by phone +358 50 532 1975, or email [email protected].
Turku (Swedish: Åbo) is the largest city in southwestern Finland. It is the regional centre of the province of Lounais-Suomi. With a population of around 195 047, it is the sixth largest municipality and the third largest urban area in Finland.
Turku originated at the mouth of the River Aura on the coast of the Archipelago Sea as early as before 1200, making it the oldest city in Finland and for a long time the most important settlement centre and the unofficial capital of Finland. During Swedish rule, Turku was the administrative centre of the eastern part of the kingdom. At the beginning of Russian rule, Helsinki was made the capital of Finland. The seat of the archbishop remained in Turku, and Turku Cathedral, which is almost 800 years old, remains the country's national shrine. The city is officially bilingual. At the end of 2018, 5.4 % of the inhabitants spoke Swedish as their mother tongue, or around 10 300 people.