The Stockholm Sweden Temple will close in 2023 for extensive renovations, with the planned three-year project to include an expansion to 31,000 square feet, nearly double its current 16,366 square feet.
The 2023 closure was announced Monday, Sept. 12, on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
The renovation and expansion will result in two endowment rooms with 40 seats each. A public open house and rededication of the temple will follow once the renovation is completed.
Originally announced in 1981, the Stockholm temple was dedicated on July 2, 1985, by President Gordon B. Hinckley, then second counselor in the First Presidency. It was the first temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be constructed in Scandinavia.
The temple currently serves Church members in Sweden, Norway and Latvia.
The Church’s first missionaries in Sweden arrived in 1850; within 10 years, congregations were established across the country. Many Swedish Latter-day Saints emigrated to the United States, playing pivotal roles in the Church’s migration to and settlement throughout present-day Utah.
Because of this and government opposition during the first half of the 1900s, Church membership remained relatively small. In 1975, Sweden’s first stake was organized in Stockholm; today, the Church has more than 9,500 members in 40 congregations in Sweden.