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The Kautokeino Church is situated on the eastside of the Kautokeino river, slightly south of the town centre. Surrounding the building is a gently sloping and open landscape, something which makes the church easily visible from the entire town. Kautokeino has a long tradition of having a church, given that the first church was completed in the early part of the 18th century. This church burned down when the Germans withdrew from Finnmark in the autumn of 1944. The current church was completed in 1958 and was designed by the architect Finn Bryn (1890-1975). The building is a long church with a steeple/ridge turret above the entrance in the west, and appears traditional upon first glance. At the same time, upon closer inspection, it has many features in form and detailing that are unique for this church, but also typical of churches from the 1950s.

The Kautokeino Church is one of the churches in Norway with the most worshippers - with particularly high activity during Easter. The Easter season has traditionally been a popular time for weddings among the Sámi.

Year of construction

Consecrated in 1958


Finn Bryn

Building Type

village hall

Construction System / Materials



ridge turret


Kautokeino kirke
Kautokeino kirke
Kautokeino kirke
Kautokeino kirke
Kautokeino kirke