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Religious communities and life stance communities

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Key figures

619 222

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
2017Percentage change
MembersPer cent2016 - 20172013 - 2017
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.
Total619 222100.0-0.512.7
Baha'ism1 1460.2-0.32.1
Buddism17 3512.8-7.88.4
Hinduism8 9651.40.931.9
Islam153 06724.73.326.6
Judaism27690.1-0.1-2.4
Christianity339 49254.8-2.78.5
Sikhism33 6540.63.110.0
Philosophy92 91915.03.58.0
Other religious and philosophical communities1 8590.30.523.9

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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
20162017
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....148 189349 08316 19589 758619 22217 351153 067339 49216 39392 919
Østfold40 7331 51210 84023 7184264 23741 5751 47311 69123 4574524 502
Akershus79 8572 83118 23842 3873 07913 32279 5922 52018 66741 4383 22313 744
Oslo146 5213 81460 12358 1025 92918 553140 6313 39058 25953 8966 01719 069
Hedmark14 1464942 5338 0111532 95514 1703752 7987 7781673 052
Oppland12 1714312 5246 5861522 47812 2193702 7276 4491582 515
Buskerud38 0411 05911 24019 4751 7384 52937 94399011 95718 7951 5144 687
Vestfold29 4829034 89318 2965404 85029 9858665 34418 1695865 020
Telemark22 7454603 75115 6581072 76923 0984484 20615 4971042 843
Aust-Agder15 5603461 30012 347651 50215 8452781 60612 319751 567
Vest-Agder29 4667743 59822 5951422 35730 1767153 95222 8561612 492
Rogaland54 5571 7269 51835 8221 0266 46554 5961 64610 04735 0481 1016 754
Hordaland49 1031 5566 13532 7981 1397 47549 7211 3216 63232 8771 1137 778
Sogn og Fjordane5 7751168053 809809655 8801061 0693 63585985
Møre og Romsdal18 9386651 89013 2435472 59319 5437502 31013 2575442 682
Sør-Trøndelag25 3971 1494 37612 6017126 55925 6081 1974 61812 2287286 837
Nord-Trøndelag7 6692371 4594 035571 8817 7902301 6403 940571 923
Nordland15 2662822 2929 4961143 08215 0162882 5038 8781183 229
Troms - Romsa10 6352881 6226 2121152 39810 4252811 9125 6831142 435
Finnmark - Finnmárku5 4891717883 701647654 844948403 07362775
Svalbard............
County not stated491..2641911023565132892191430

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
20162017
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
Total622 042100.0619 222100.0
Baha'ism1 1490.21 1460.2
Buddism18 8173.017 3512.8
Hinduism8 8821.48 9651.4
Islam148 18923.8153 06724.7
Judaism27700.17690.1
Christianity349 08356.1339 49254.8
Sikhism23 5450.63 6540.6
Life stance89 75814.492 91915.0
Other religious and philosophical communities1 8490.31 8590.3

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
20132014201520162017
11 Including only members for whom government subsidy is received.
Total312 925337 316296 521349 083339 492
Adventists4 8414 8064 7854 7784 695
The Free Evangelican Congregation3 4433 2583 2303 3183 169
The Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Norway19 55219 55719 49918 90819 469
The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation3 4404 3484 3554 1171 290
The Icelandic Evangelical Lutheran Congregation in Norway6 6346 7406 5166 8301 066
The Christian Church7 2597 7507 9978 1778 417
The Orthodox Church12 95914 76517 47620 20221 993
The Roman Catholic Church121 130140 10995 655144 856152 022
The Evangelical Lutheran Church Community3 2093 1893 1583 1773 172
The Norwegian Baptist Union10 21310 28310 29610 36710 510
Church of Norway Mission Convenant9 58910 13610 40610 59810 843
Jehovahs Witness12 04912 13012 30412 41312 479
The Christian Community2 5442 5402 5272 5502 483
Christian centres3 1723 1453 1363 0012 965
The Methodist Church in Norway10 71510 68410 56610 53110 432
Pentecostal Congregations39 41239 39839 14939 43139 263
The Swedish Margareta Congregation in Oslo20 90121 57322 00621 6899 483
Others21 86322 90523 46024 14025 741

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

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.

Irrelevant

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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