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More members in religious and life stance communities
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Religious communities and life stance communities

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Key figures

11.3 %

increase in members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway

Members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/life stance. Per 1 January1
2016Percentage change
MembersPer cent2015 - 20162012 - 2016
1Including only members for whom government subsidy is received.
2One community not represented in the statistics for 2012.
3One community not represented in the statistics for 2010 and 2012.
Total622 042100.011.321.8
Baha'ism1 1490.21.35.6
Buddism18 8173.04.722.0
Hinduism8 8821.48.656.1
Islam148 18923.85.132.0
Judaism27700.13.1403.3
Christianity349 08356.117.720.8
Sikhism33 5450.63.4212.9
Philosophy89 75814.41.75.9
Other religious and philosophical communities1 8490.36.051.8

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Table 1 
Members of congregations in religious and philosophical communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/philosophy and county

Members of congregations in religious and philosophical communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/philosophy and county1
20152016
TotalBuddismIslamChristianityOther religion2PhilosophyTotalBuddismIslamChristianityOther religion2Philosophy
1Including only members for whom government subsidy is sreceived.
2Include Bahài, Judaism, Sikhism and other relgions. One community for for Judaism and Sikhism is not represented in the statistics for 2012.
Total....141 027296 52115 23688 216622 042..148 189349 08316 19589 758
Østfold37 4081 50210 66120 7473864 11240 7331 51210 84023 7184264 237
Akershus68 7592 69916 89433 1322 85613 17879 8572 83118 23842 3873 07913 322
Oslo136 1723 74658 32250 0385 67118 395146 5213 81460 12358 1025 92918 553
Hedmark12 5714762 3366 7281512 88014 1464942 5338 0111532 955
Oppland10 3854102 2995 0901412 44512 1714312 5246 5861522 478
Buskerud33 6501 01510 83915 7041 6294 46338 0411 05911 24019 4751 7384 529
Vestfold25 9248694 73515 1813864 75329 4829034 89318 2965404 850
Telemark21 4654653 57014 5891022 73922 7454603 75115 6581072 769
Aust-Agder14 4713311 19011 423541 47315 5603461 30012 347651 502
Vest-Agder27 8057383 34621 2681382 31529 4667743 59822 5951422 357
Rogaland46 8591 6589 08428 9409206 25754 5571 7269 51835 8221 0266 465
Hordaland42 9561 4175 67027 4811 1407 24849 1031 5566 13532 7981 1397 475
Sogn og Fjordane4 4041086122 649849515 7751168053 80980965
Møre og Romsdal17 1056191 65511 7695262 53618 9386651 89013 2435472 593
Sør-Trøndelag23 8811 1334 02911 5477056 46725 3971 1494 37612 6017126 559
Nord-Trøndelag7 0162281 2703 604591 8557 6692371 4594 035571 881
Nordland13 4562532 2057 8991092 99015 2662822 2929 4961143 082
Troms - Romsa9 4462091 4455 3131062 37310 6352881 6226 2121152 398
Finnmark - Finnmárku4 7991006363 238627635 4891717883 70164765
Svalbard............
County not stated445..2291811123491..2641911023

Table 2 
Members1 of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/life stance. Per 1 January. Figures and per cent

Members1 of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/life stance. Per 1 January. Figures and per cent1
20152016
Members in religious and philosophical communitiesPer centMembers in religious and philosophical communitiesPer cent
1Including only members for whom government subsidy is received.
2One community not represented in the statistics for 2012
Total558 977100.0622 042100.0
Baha'ism1 1340.21 1490.2
Buddism17 9773.218 8173.0
Hinduism8 1811.58 8821.4
Islam141 02725.2148 18923.8
Judaism27470.17700.1
Christianity296 52153.0349 08356.1
Sikhism23 4290.63 5450.6
Life stance88 21615.889 75814.4
Other religious and philosophical communities1 7450.31 8490.3

Table 3 
Members of Christian communities outside the Church of Norway. Per 1 January

Members of Christian communities outside the Church of Norway. Per 1 January1
20122013201420152016
11 Including only members for whom government subsidy is received.
Total289 018312 925337 316296 521349 083
Adventists4 8844 8414 8064 7854 778
The Free Evangelican Congregation3 1373 4433 2583 2303 318
The Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Norway19 50719 55219 55719 49918 908
The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation4 1933 4404 3484 3554 117
The Icelandic Evangelical Lutheran Congregation in Norway5 9836 6346 7406 5166 830
The Christian Church7 3197 2597 7507 9978 177
The Orthodox Church11 20512 95914 76517 47620 202
The Roman Catholic Church102 286121 130140 10995 655144 856
The Evangelical Lutheran Church Community3 2093 2093 1893 1583 177
The Norwegian Baptist Union9 99910 21310 28310 29610 367
Church of Norway Mission Convenant9 3369 58910 13610 40610 598
Jehovahs Witness11 90312 04912 13012 30412 413
The Christian Community2 5672 5442 5402 5272 550
Christian centres3 1573 1723 1453 1363 001
The Methodist Church in Norway10 76110 71510 68410 56610 531
Pentecostal Congregations39 10839 41239 39839 14939 431
The Swedish Margareta Congregation in Oslo19 95020 90121 57322 00621 689
Others20 51421 86322 90523 46024 140

About the statistics

The statistics show how many people are members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway. Statistics on religious and life stance outside the Church of Norway are based on reports from county governors for communities applying for state subsidies.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Religious community: Approved religious community according to act of 13 June 1969.

Life stance community: Approved life stance community according to act of 12 June 1981.

Standard classifications

Classifications for this statistics are based on the application form from the communities. Statistics Norway has been responsible for the categorization of communities at the organizational level, partly based on the new application form as well as the old form. Numeric codes are made as a help to IT-work.

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Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Religious communities and life stance communities
Topic: Culture and recreation

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Responsible division

Division for Education Statistics

Regional level

National and county level

Frequency and timeliness

Yearly except for 2005

International reporting

Irrelevant

Microdata

All statistics on religious and life stance communities in Statistics Norway is stored in a responsible and standardized manner in consultation with Datatilsynet

Background

Background and purpose

The main purpose of these statistics is to show how many people are members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway. Statistics on religious and life stance outside the Church of Norway are based on reports from county governors for communities applying for state subsidies. The statistics have been published in SSB since 1972. Before 1972 the statistics were based on data from the population consensus.

Users and applications

Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs, other government services, research institutions, religious and life stance communities, media, students and others interested in the subject.

 

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 inthe Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

These statistics can be seen in connection with statistics on Church of Norway.

Legal authority

Act of 13 June 1969 about religious communities and various others, with amendment of 12 June 1981. Further amendment in the regulation on registered and unregistered religious communities was done 19 April 2005. Act of 12 June 1981 about life stance communities with regulation on subsidies for life stance communities 1 December, as well as amendment in the regulation of 19 April 2005. Data is collected pursuant to § 2-2 of the Statistics Act

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EEA reference

Irrelevant

Production

Population

All religious and life stance communities that have been approved by the county governors and which receive state subsidies are represented in the statistics. The statistical unit is a community. According to the law all religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway have the same right to apply for state subsidy, but some communities do not make use of this right. The statistics do not include information on the number of congregations and do not distinguish between registered and unregistered communities. Communities not applying for subsidy one year are not represented in the statistics for that year.

In a registered community the applications has to contain certain information and the priest or the principal has tasks decreed by law. As concerns the unregistered communities less information is required and the priest cannot carry out tasks decreed by law.

Data sources and sampling

Data source for this statistics is electronic data from the Brønnøysund Register Centre (BRC). The data is based on applying scheme with assignment of the members. As of 2005 the assignments were sent to BRC for check. After the yearly check is carried out the data file is electronically exported Statistics Norway. The statistics includes all the communities applying for subsidies each year.

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Collection of data, editing and estimations

The data file is sent electronically from Brønnøysund Register Centre to Statistics Norway when they have completed the necessary control of the member lists received from the county governors.

BRC is responsible for the control on behalf of the Ministry of Culture. The control of the member lists is mainly checking up on double membership (at the individual level) between all religious and life stance communities and the Church of Norway (Dnk) and the National register. BRC has executed the necessary controls of the business number and personal identification number, and thus eliminates duplicates. The data file that Statistics Norway receives contains information on the organizational level per municipality. Data is compared with data the year before. Figures that differ too much from previous year will be checked particularly.

Statistics on religious and life stance communities is a summary statistic. Apart from summary of reported figures, no special analysis is made.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

The data can be defined as sensitive and figures will be replaced with dots if there are below three observations in a cell.

Comparability over time and space

Statistics Norway has produced official statistics on members of religious and life stance communities since 1971 based on questionnaires that county governors receive in connection with the awarding of state grants. Members are considered those who have affiliation with a church, i.e. children below 16 years, when they are not enrolled in the Church of Norway. The distribution by county is where congregations are registered, and do not always match county of residence to each member. Before 1970 SSB published tables on religion based on consensus data.

From 2005 the number of members is based on a new registration system. Comparison of tables with previous years must bee done with care. One should also be careful not to make comparisons between the 2005-2006-2007 when clearing work with duplicates had special focus those years. The distribution by county is from 2006 based on county of residence to members.

 

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The statistics for the religious and life stance communities comprises only communities of members that has requested for and received state subsidies for each year. A source of error can be that some communities forget to apply or because of some other reasons are not represented in the statistics. In 2012 two relatively large communities was not represented in the statistics, but are represented in the statistics per 1.1.2013

As of 2005 SSB has received the electronic data from Brønnøysund Register Centre. SSB consider the quality to have been considerable improved after the duplicate check.

 

Revision

Not relevant

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