11 per cent in religious and life stance communities
At the beginning of this year, 559 000 persons were members of religious and life stance communities. This represents 11 per cent of the Norwegian population.
|Members||Per cent||2014 - 2015||2011 - 2015|
|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||1 745||0.3||5.7||46.9|
A total of 10.8 per cent were members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway as of 1 January 2015. Compared to the previous year, this represents fewer members in the religious and life stance communities. A total of 5.7 per cent of the Norwegian population were members of Christian communities outside the Church of Norway, 2.7 per cent were members of Islamic communities and 1.7 per cent were members of life stance communities.
More than half of the members; 296 500, were members of Christian communities. A total of 88 200 were members of life stance communities and accounted for approximately 16 per cent of all members of communities. Furthermore, various Islamic communities accounted for around 25 per cent of the members, while the members of Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh communities accounted for 3 per cent, 1.5 per cent and 0.6 per cent of the members respectively.