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Karlstads stift Besöksadress: Västra Torggatan 15, 65224 Karlstad Postadress: Box 186, 65105 Karlstad Telefon: +46(54)172400 E-post till Karlstads stift

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Work experience placements

The Church of Sweden in Karlstad diocese offers work experience placements lasting a period of somewhere in between one–two months. The opportunity to try out working as a priest/pastor in one of the parishes in Karlstad diocese is open for ordained priests/pastors. The time for your stay depends on the receiving parish.

Moving to a new country is a big step. In Karlstad diocese, we are anxious to ensure that your stay is as pleasant as possible. For this reason, throughout your stay you will have a mentor in the parish where you have been placed, together with a contact person in the diocese office to support you.

Värmland and Dalsland are two provinces in central Sweden which are close to the countryside, lakes and waterways. There is also good transport access to major cities as Gothenburg, Oslo and Stockholm.

If you want to know more about our services, the Swedish Church as an employer or the rich cultural life and natural surroundings of Dalsland and Värmland please don’t hesitate to contact Carl Wessmark.

Carl Wessmark, +46 54–172421


To be considered for this opportunity, you must be an ordained priest in one of the churches in the Lutheran World Federation, or in one of the churches that the Church of Sweden has church communion with.  In terms of language, you need to have good written and spoken English skills. Driver's license required. 


  • Contract for work experience in one of the Church of Sweden's parishes in Karlstad diocese.
  • German or English-speaking mentor during the period.
  • Be part of a team.
  • Scheduled working hours.
  • A salary for the period of SEK 26,000.
  • Accommodation, in agreement with the relevant parish.
  • Together with other work experience personnel on placement in parishes, you will receive information about what it is like to live in Sweden and to work in the Church of Sweden's Karlstad diocese.

Description of service

You will have the opportunity to be part of a team working in a parish and thereby to learn about all parish activities. Your tasks during the period will depend on your level of experience and your own background. 

This offer provides you with the opportunity to see whether you would like to work for the Church of Sweden in the future and for us to see if


If you would like to know more about what it is like to work for the Church of Sweden in Karlstad diocese, please contact one of the priests below.

Carl Wessmark, responsible for recruitment of priests for Karlstad diocese, email: Carl Wessmark +46 54 17 24 21

German speaking persons

Thomas Pfitzinger-Drewes, priest in Forshaga parish, email: Thomas Pfitzinger- Drewes 

Hans-Viktor Krolovitsch, priest in Sunne parish, email: Hans-Viktor Krolovitsch tel: +46 565 68 85 51

Olaf Traulsen, priest in Kil parish, email: Olaf Traulsen tel: +46 554 68 80 82


Please send your CV and cover letter in English no later than to Charlotte Klingestad tel: +46 54 17 24 44, or Carl Wessmark +46 54 17 24 21

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