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A Sogn or in some instances called Sokn (parish) is usually connected to a congregation and has a church (parish church) where the congregation meets. It usually refers to an area where a church operates and is the smallest jurisdiction within Den Norske Kirke (The church of Norway). There used to be one or more sogn under the jurisdiction of a prestegjeld (clerical district). From 2004 the jurisdiction prestegjeld became extinct and from then on each sogn became its own jurisdiction.
Each parish has a Menighetsråd (congregation counsel) or Soknåd (parish counsel). The parish is an arm in the church counsel structure.
The term sogn is a geographical administration, while the term menighet (congregation) is fellowship of “christen mankind”. Both terms falls under the Norwegian Lutheran Church of Norway.
- Wikipedia. “Sokn.” <http://nn.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokn>. Accessed 15 November 2012. - Wikipedia. ”Den_norske_kirkes_sogn”. http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_over_Den_norske_kirkes_sogn. Accessed 15 November 2012.