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Religious belonging and religious demography

Religious belonging and religious demography

The grand, overarching trend in religious demography in Norway is that the Church of Norway is gradually losing its members. From a membership encompassing 94% of the population in 1970, reduced to 72,9% in 2015, the church has lost members both to the growing group of religiously unaffiliated, which currently stands at 14%, and to membership in other faith communities, which make up 11%. Simultaneously, the belief in God has diminished gradually: surveys measuring whether people believe in God started in 1985, and in 2016, the number of non-believers surpassed for the first time the believers, with 39% against 37%, and 23% undecided.

D 16 September 2016    AHelge Årsheim

CNRS Unistra Dres Gsrl

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