587 000 members in religious and life stance communities
At the beginning of this year, 587 000 persons were members of religious and life stance communities. This represents an increase of 38 000 or 7 per cent compared to the previous year.
|Members||Per cent||2013 - 2014||2010 - 2014|
|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.|
|Other religious and philosophical communities||1 651||0.3||10.0||73.8|
At the beginning of this year, 11.5 per cent of the Norwegian population were members of religious and life stance communities. The increase in members has been lower than the growth the year before. A total of 6.6 per cent of the Norwegian population were members of Christian communities outside the Church of Norway, 2.6 per cent were members of Islamic communities and 1.7 per cent were members of life stance communities.
More than half of the members; 337 300, were members of Christian communities. A total of 86 400 were members of life stance communities and accounted for approximately 15 per cent of all members of communities. Furthermore, various Islamic communities accounted for around 23 per cent of the members, while the members of Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh communities accounted for 3 per cent, 1.3 per cent and 0.6 per cent of the members respectively.