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More members in religious and life stance communities
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2016-11-25T08:00:00.000Z
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Religious communities and life stance communities1 January 2016

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More members in religious and life stance communities

At the beginning of this year, 622 000 persons were members of religious and life stance communities. This represents 12 per cent of the Norwegian population.

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

A total of 11.9 per cent were members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway as per 1 January 2016. This is an increase from 10.8 per cent last year.

More than half of the members; 349 000, were members of Christian communities. In particular, the Roman Catholic Church has increased the number of members from the previous year, by a total of 49 000 or 51 per cent.

Furthermore, various Islamic communities accounted for around 24 per cent of the members, while the members of Buddhist communities accounted for 3 per cent, and life stance communities and other religions accounted for 14.4 per cent and 2.6 per cent of the members respectively.