Church of Norway

Updated: 15 June 2021

Next update: 22 June 2022

Members in Church of Norway
Members in Church of Norway
2020
3 655 556

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

Church of Norway. Church services and participants, by diocese
Church of Norway. Church services and participants, by diocese
Services totalParticipants totalChurch services sundays and holidaysParticipants in church services sundays and holidaysChurch services except sundays and holidaysParticipants in church services except sundays and holidaysServices with communionParticipants communionChristmas Eve servicesParticipants Christmas Eve services
202048 4832 360 70338 0241 927 05010 459433 65317 927555 7242 282117 864
201960 1665 249 06944 8033 994 22115 3631 254 84832 6271 311 1082 352539 647
201860 3965 318 19345 1224 076 20915 2741 241 98432 4591 291 2572 347537 027
201761 0005 454 82645 5004 194 79315 5001 260 03332 7911 305 1202 314559 807
201662 5095 685 13846 4184 418 53916 0911 266 59932 6971 317 4722 321553 283
201561 9085 770 03246 5744 563 91615 3341 206 11632 1041 310 4512 291562 674
2020
Oslo3 977222 6302 834175 7061 14346 9242 10286 9101288 517
Borg5 115230 7374 266192 76084937 9771 90960 51721010 209
Hamar4 531185 0483 640149 64889135 4001 55630 3242079 199
Tunsberg4 098184 6503 272158 44382626 2071 61445 25920411 771
Agder og Telemark5 396291 3454 436244 59896046 7471 78771 71729114 324
Stavanger4 587289 0153 756251 71483137 3011 51274 72422413 126
Bjørgvin6 802320 6755 399265 8051 40354 8702 39470 56733716 869
Møre3 040163 2502 356127 84168435 4091 16636 2191145 350
Nidaros4 877221 3293 331164 7791 54656 5501 30133 39723711 116
Sør-Hålogaland2 834117 0802 27592 36755924 7131 17721 6421367 723
Nord-Hålogaland3 226134 9442 459103 38976731 5551 40924 4481949 660
Explanation of symbols
Church of Norway. Members and church ceremonies, by diocese
Church of Norway. Members and church ceremonies, by diocese1
Members of the Church of NorwayEnrolledResignedBaptizedConfirmedChurch weddingsChurch burials
20201 3 655 5562 34312 65323 82233 0834 39434 605
20193 686 7153 35319 03728 01134 5136 21434 765
20183 724 8572 09611 87728 59735 2487 04835 683
20173 740 9202 44315 42430 33135 5197 33135 998
20163 758 0703 14741 02432 56137 4207 53536 150
20153 799 3661 93815 48634 11639 5277 83436 797
2020
Oslo461 9153982 2752 6612 7273693 634
Borg483 6212611 4932 6024 2414664 537
Hamar302 5291686471 8522 6173583 600
Tunsberg340 6492481 1251 9662 8434123 543
Agder og Telemark325 1602891 2572 1742 8625613 296
Stavanger330 8882061 3032 7673 6234912 769
Bjørgvin468 6442751 7823 4354 9445584 189
Møre206 506985781 5522 2092761 981
Nidaros354 0051931 1902 4603 5723882 998
Sør-Hålogaland190 2291034831 1201 7992392 149
Nord-Hålogaland185 1461045201 2331 6462761 909
Unknown diocese1 6 264000000
1Do not include members living aboard. Emigrated members count 137 055 members in 2020.
Explanation of symbols

About the statistics

The annual church statistics give a summary of the Church of Norway activity in parishes/municipalities. These statistics are published at a bishopric level. The statistics give information about church rituals such as baptisms, confirmations, weddings, burials and church service attendance.

The reporting unit is the parish. According to the Act on religious communities and life stance communities, the parish is the basic unit of the Church of Norway. In every parish there should be a parochial church council. In municipalities with more than one parish there should be a joint parish council. According to the Act on religious communities and life stance communities, a register should be provided over baptisms, confirmations, enrolments and resignations of Church membership, number of marriages and funerals performed by the Church of Norway. The number of baptized from 2016 and onward shows total number of baptized. The number cannot be compared to previous year’s numbers because they showed performed acts of baptize. Marriages only include ecclesiastical marriages performed in Norway. For a total number of marriages, look to Population statistics. Members in the Church of Norway include members as well as not baptized childeren (until 18 years old) of a parent who is a member. Automatic belongship was terminated with the Act on religious communities and life stance communities of 1 January 2021.

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Name: Church of Norway

Topic: Culture and recreation

22 June 2022

Division for Education and Culture Statistics

The figures are published on both national and regional level (municipality), as well as the level of dioceses.

KOSTRA Church key figures are published annually on the municipal level on the 15th March (unrevised figures) and 15th of June (revised figures). At the diosece level the statistics are published at the end of June.

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Microdata are stored in accordance with the instruction of The Data Inspectorate.

From 1998 up to and including the statistical year 2004 the annual statistics of the parishes were collected at paper forms by Norwegian Center for Research Data (NSD) and published in the Ecclesiastical Database. Older history and statistics can be found on the Church of Norway's website, statistics from 1950 "Kirken i tall" (no).

As of the year 2005 the collection of data is electronic and is reported through the web-portal of SSB. The purpose of this statistic is to give information about the activity in the parishes of the Church of Norway. The Church of Norway National Council finances the statistics.

Important users of the church statistics is the Ministry of Culture (KUD), Church of Norway National Council, dioceses, the joint parish councils, other ecclesiastical organisations related to Dnk, as well as for researchers and media. This statistics is also relevant in connection to other statistics in SSB. For instance, membership in Religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, Church accounts statistics and Register-based Employment Statistics for the Church of Norway.

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

Church statistics are also relevant in connection with other statistics in Statistics Norway. Such as the statistics for Religious and life stance communities, Church account statistics for the joint parish councils and the Employment statistics.

Statistics Norway carries out this task on behalf of the Church Council with legal authority based on the regulation of church organization for Church of Norway § 12 last section with legal basis from the Act on religious communities and life stance communities (trossamfunnsloven) § 12 second section. Statistics Norway can make use of the collected data for official statistical purposes with legal basis in the Statistics Act (statistikkloven), Act of 21 June 2019 No. 32 relating to official statistics and Statistics Norway § 10.

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This statistics includes all geographical parishes in the Church of Norway, not included Svalbard. The statistics do not include church affairs aboard or at institutions as hosptital and prisons, the church for the deaf, army chaplains and others having their own registers. Every parochial church council in cooperation with the vicar is responsible for reporting the data. The reporting unit is the parishes. The annual statistics include information on the number of baptisms, confirmations, enrolments and resignations of Church membership, number of services, congregation numbers, communicant numbers, collection takings, activities for children and teenagers, diaconal and ecumenical work in the parishes, cultural work etc. The main point of the statistics is the activity that the vicars, the parochial church council and the employed are responsible to.

Data sources: KOSTRA Church uses data from several sources, among other from the municipality accounts, the membership register of the Church of Norway, several registers for employment figures and Statistics Norway population statistics. The annual statistics are collected via KOSTRA, form 28, "Annual statistics for the Church of Norway".

Sampling: Including the whole population (all parishes). The statistic includes the whole population of parishes registered in the relevant year. Every year there are fewer parishes due to merging of already existing parishes.

Data is collected electronically once every year from each parish, and the information should be available for Statistics Norway by 20th January. The electronic forms contain built-in consistency checks and logical tests. After arrival data are checked automatically and edited manually. The forms are also checked for doublets.

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At the time of a new way of reporting system in 2005, it was also worked out a new form with simplified questions compared to former forms. This change complicates comparisons with former years on municipality level, but at national level the continuity is good. The most important questions are continued pursued over the years.

The Church of Norway adopted a new digital tool to enroll and resign in 2016. This led to high figures for resigned in 2016.

Errors can occur when the form is filled out manually. Most errors are discoverd by revising controls and will be corrected. The possibility of errors by measuring in the parishes can also happen. Most of the information from the church book, the daily register etc. will be correct. Some errors may still occur.

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