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Anglo-American Christianity

Anglo-American Christianity spread to Finland in the second half of the 19th century, and a number of Protestant denominations, among them Baptists, Methodists, the Salvation Army and Adventists, became established in the country. Relief work and mission work have been two of the key values in most denominations from the very beginning. Although support for these churches has gradually increased, their combined membership remains under 1% of the total population. Growth has been greatest in the Pentecostal movement, which reached Finland at the beginning of the 20th century and now has an estimated membership of 50,000. Most Pentecostal parishes are independent units and only in 2002 Pentecostals in Finland formed a religious community according to the Freedom of Religion Act. This organization holds about 8200 members while many Pentecostal parishes still operate as registered associations (see ”Current legal position on religion”).

updated by Tommi Heino

D 25 May 2017    AKimmo Kääriäinen

CNRS Unistra Dres Gsrl

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