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Key figures

3 758 070

members of the Church of Norway in 2016

Church of Norway - main figures1
2016Change last 4 years
1Baptized from 2016 and onward shows the total number of baptized. The number cannot be compared to previous year's numbers because they showed performed acts of baptize.
Members of the Church of Norway3 758 070-90 225
Members as a percentage of the population71.5-4.7
Baptized132 561-5 796
Baptized as a percentage of births55.3-8.4
Confirmed37 420-3 766
Confirmed as a percentage of persons 15-years old60.0-3.9
Church burials36 150-1 523
Church burials as a percentage of all deaths88.8-1.0
 
Church weddings7 535-1 363
Church services62 509-2 343
Participants in church services total5 685 138-331 880
Participants per church service90.9-1.8

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Table 1 
Church of Norway. Members and church ceremonies, by diocese

Church of Norway. Members and church ceremonies, by diocese1
Members of the Church of NorwayEnrolledResignedBaptizedConfirmedChurch weddingsChurch burials
1Do not include members living aboard. Emigrated members count 133 252 members in 2012, 130 953 in 2013, 135 592 members in 2014, 147 648 members in 2015 and 142 802 members in 2016
201613 758 0703 14741 02432 56137 4207 53536 150
20153 799 3661 93815 48634 11639 5277 83436 797
20143 835 9731 04711 00335 05140 2538 00636 430
20133 843 7211 0635 46436 57240 0548 22137 243
20123 848 2951 1615 25838 35741 1868 89837 673
20113 851 1451 7557 04739 95842 5568 59837 906
 
2016
Oslo454 9246498 2573 8893 0207423 815
Borg494 0084704 6463 8944 6789314 579
Hamar312 9872052 1192 3043 0606583 861
Tunsberg372 5863753 6842 8103 4567933 856
Agder og Telemark334 2782993 7872 9643 4948003 533
Stavanger338 7422684 9243 5913 9318162 724
Bjørgvin481 8042984 9524 6745 4889004 263
Møre214 1161311 6851 8922 6704192 198
Nidaros357 9142203 7673 3163 7507463 194
Sør-Hålogaland198 4201181 6571 6021 9913862 163
Nord-Hålogaland190 9261141 5461 6251 8823441 964
Unknown diocese17 365000000

Table 2 
Church of Norway. Church services and participants, by diocese

Church of Norway. Church services and participants, by diocese
Services totalParticipants totalChurch services sundays and holidaysParticipants in church services sundays and holidaysChurch services except sundays and holidaysParticipants in church services except sundays and holidaysServices with communionParticipants communionChristmas Eve servicesParticipants Christmas Eve services
201662 5095 685 13846 4184 418 53916 0911 266 59932 6971 317 4722 321553 283
201561 9085 770 03246 5744 563 91615 3341 206 11632 1041 310 4512 291562 674
201463 0225 892 11047 6014 668 38815 4211 223 72232 1821 311 8052 261563 583
201364 0485 952 89448 3024 723 22415 7461 229 67032 3921 303 7462 254556 689
201264 8526 017 01848 5794 771 62216 2731 245 39630 9091 255 9082 231550 789
201165 5806 265 26149 0024 985 03116 5781 280 23029 6471 208 5002 248579 213
 
2016
Oslo6 144602 0343 723423 9002 421178 1343 821198 98218262 014
Borg6 363594 5694 767455 1201 596139 4493 540146 46924658 141
Hamar5 943423 8294 613333 6221 33090 2072 92482 11524145 629
Tunsberg5 706477 9914 336380 2531 37097 7383 197113 55922554 757
Agder og Telemark6 648666 9955 339544 6351 309122 3603 079172 38924663 013
Stavanger5 670694 4734 197555 7711 473138 7022 926176 35221362 834
Bjørgvin8 362775 0186 484621 4991 878153 5194 417159 95031873 282
Møre3 765387 9523 042305 47172382 4811 98081 09413934 196
Nidaros5 794493 5363 992364 8091 802128 7272 37978 56220745 282
Sør-Hålogaland3 693270 7472 878212 84081557 9072 04553 86014327 931
Nord-Hålogaland4 421297 9943 047220 6191 37477 3752 38954 14016126 204

About the statistics

The annual church statistics give a summary of the Church of Norway activity in parishes/municipalities. These statistics are published at a bishopric level. The statistics give information about church rituals such as baptisms, confirmations, weddings, burials and church service attendance.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

The reporting unit is the parish. According to the Church of Norway Act the parish is the basic unit. In every parish there should be a parochial church council. In municipalities with more than one parish there should be a joint parish council. According to this Act a register should be provided over baptisms, confirmations, enrolments and resignations of Church membership, number of marriages and funerals performed by a vicar in the Church of Norway. Humbers of baptized from 2016 and onward shows total number of baptized. The number cannot be compared to previous year’s numbers because they showed performed acts of baptize. Marriages only include ecclesiastical marriages performed in Norway. For a total number of marriages, look to Population statistics. Members in the Church of Norway include members as well as not baptized childeren (until 18 year) of a parent who is a member.

 

Standard classifications

Not relevant.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Church of Norway
Topic: Culture and recreation

Responsible division

Division for Education Statistics

Regional level

The figures are published on both national and regional level (municipality), as well as the level of dioceses.

Frequency and timeliness

KOSTRA:Church key figures are published annually on the municipal level on  the 15th March (unrevised figures) and 15th of June (revised figures). At the diosece level the statistics are published in the beginning of May.

International reporting

Not relevant.

Microdata

Mikro data are stored in accordance with the instruction of The Data Inspectorate.

 

Background

Background and purpose

As far as the statistical year 2004 the annual statistics of the parishes were collected at paper schemes by NSD - Norwegian Center for Research Data and published in the Ecclesiastical Database. As of the year 2005 the collection of data is electronic and is reported through the web-portal of SSB. The purpose of this statics is to give information about the activity in the parishes of the Church of Norway. The Church of Norway National Council  finance the statistics.

Users and applications

Important users of the Church statistics is the Ministry of Culture (KUD), Church of Norway National Council, dioceses, the joint parish councils, other ecclesiastical organisations related to Dnk, as well as for researchers and media. This statistics is also relevant in connection to other statistics in SSB. For instance, membership in Religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, Church accounts statistics and Register-based Employment Statistics for the Church of Norway.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 08 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

Church statistics are also relevant in connection with other statistics in Statistics Norway.Such as the statistics for Religious and life stance communities, Church account statistics for the joint parish councils and theEmployment statistics for the Church.

 

Legal authority

Statistics Norway carries out this task on behalf of the Church Council with legal authority in the Act on the Church (kirkeloven) §9, the last section. Statistics Norway can make use of the collected data for official statistical purposes with legal basis in the Statistics Act.

EEA reference

Not relevant.

Production

Population

This statistics includes all geographical parishes in the Church of Norway, not included Svalbard. The statistics do not include church affairs aboard or at institutions as hosptital and prisons, the church for the deaf, army chaplains and others having their own registers. Every parochial church council in cooperation with the vicar is responsible for reporting the data. The reporting unit is the parishes. The annual statistics include information on the number of baptisms, confirmations, enrolments and resignations of Church membership, number of services, congregation numbers, communicant numbers, collection takings, activities for children and teenagers, diaconal and ecumenical work in the parishes, cultural work etc. The main point of the statistics is the activity that the vicars, the parochial church council and the employed are responsible to.

Data sources and sampling

KOSTRA_Church uses data from several sources, among other from the municipality accounts, the membership register of the Church of Norway, several registers for employment figures and Statistics Norway population statistics. The annual statistics are collected via KOSTRA, scheme 28, "Annual statistics for the Church of Norway". Including the whole population (parish).

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Data is collected electronically once every year from each parish, and the information should be available for Statistics Norway by  20th January.

The electronic forms contain built-in consistency checks and logical tests. After arrival data are checked automatically and edited manually.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant.

Confidentiality

Not relevant.

Comparability over time and space

At the time of a new way of reporting system in 2005, it was also worked out a new scheme with simplified questions compared to former schemes. This change complicates comparisons with former years on municipality level, but at national level the continuity is good. The most important questions are continued pursued over the years.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Errors can occur when the form is filled out manually. Most errors are discoverd by revising controls and will be corrected. The possibility of errors by measuring in the parishes can also happen. Most of the information from the church book, the daily register etc. will be correct. Some errors may still occur.

All the registered units are included in the statistics every year. The last years the number has been declining due to merging of the unitis. 

Revision

Not relevant

Contact

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