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Church of Norway2013

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0.5 million attend Christmas Eve services

A total of 560 000 persons attended Christmas Eve services held by the Church of Norway in 2013; 6 000 more than the year before. This represents 11 per cent of the population. The number of persons who participated in communion was also higher than the year before.

Church of Norway - main figures
2013 Change the last 5 years
Members of the Church of Norway 3 843 721 -5 120
Members of the Church of Norway as a percentage of inhabitants 75.2 -4.0
Baptized 36 572 -5 357
Baptized as a percentage of births 62.0 -5.8
Confirmed 40 054 -1 831
Confirmed as a percentage of persons 15-years old 63.6 -2.3
Church burials 37 243 -1 047
Church burials as a percentage of all deaths 90.2 -2.2
 
Church weddings 8 221 -1 788
Church services 64 048 -2 755
Participants in church services total 5 952 894 -271 530
Participants per church service 92.9 -0.2
Figure 1. Church of Norway. Participants at church services
Figure 2. Church of Norway. Baptized and confirmed
Figure 1. Church of Norway. Participants at church servicesFigure 2. Church of Norway. Baptized and confirmed

The number of Christmas Eve services held in 2013 was 2 300; somewhat more than the year before. On average, 247 attended each service. A total of 32 400 services with communion were held, and 1.3 million persons participated in communion. This represents an increase in both the number of services with communion and the number of participants from the year before.

A total of just fewer than 6 million persons attended services held by the Church of Norway. On average, 93 attended each service; the same as the year before. A total of 64 000 services were held, which is about 800 less than the year before.

A total of 36 600 baptisms, 40 100 confirmations and 37 200 funerals were held by the Church of Norway in 2013. The proportion of baptisms to births was 62 per cent; a fall from 64 per cent in 2012. Sixty-four per cent of all 15 year-olds were confirmed in the church.

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The population is all the registered geographical parishes in Norway the relevant year. The parish is the basic unit in the Church of Norway. The number of parishes reporting in 2013 was 1 235. The number is reduced every last years due to merging of the parishes.