Religious communities and life stance communities

Updated: 27 September 2021

Next update: Not yet determined

Members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway
Members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway
2021
680 211

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

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
20202021
Members in religious and philosophical communitiesPer centMembers in religious and philosophical communitiesPer cent
Total697 257100.0680 211100.0
Baha'ism1 0910.21 0850.2
Buddism21 5553.121 5673.2
Hinduism12 1531.711 9701.8
Islam182 82626.2169 60524.9
Judaism7940.17610.1
Christianity372 65153.4370 99754.5
Sikhism4 0800.64 2080.6
Life stance99 46814.397 26014.3
Other religious and philosophical communities2 6390.42 7580.4
1Including only members for whom government subsidy is received.
Explanation of symbols
Number of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/lfe stance. Per 1. January
Number of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/lfe stance. Per 1. January
Number of religious and life stance communities
20202021
All members870724
Baha'ism11
Buddism2824
Hinduism1718
Islam242246
Judaism22
Christianity555402
Sikhism45
Philosophy1014
Other religious and philosophical communities1112
Explanation of symbols

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.

This statistic encompasses religious communities and life stance communities by the Act on religious communities and life stance communities (trossamfunnsloven), in addition to the regulation on registration and grants for religious communities and life stance communities (trussamfunnsforskrifta). The data is collected with legal basis in the Statistics Act (statistikkloven), Act of 21 June 2019 No. 32 relating to official statistics and Statistics Norway § 10.

Previously, the following acts applied:

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.

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.

Name: Religious communities and life stance communities

Topic: Culture and recreation

Not yet determined

Division for Education and Culture Statistics

National level

Yearly except for 2005

Irrelevant

All statistics on religious and life stance communities in Statistics Norway is stored in a responsible and standardized manner in consultation with Datatilsynet

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.

Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Children and Families, other government services, research institutions, religious and life stance communities, media, students and others interested in the subject.

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.

These statistics can be seen in connection with statistics on Church of Norway.

This statistic encompasses religious communities and life stance communities by the Act on religious communities and life stance communities (trossamfunnsloven), in addition to the regulation on registration and grants for religious communities and life stance communities (trussamfunnsforskrifta). The data is collected with legal basis in the Statistics Act (statistikkloven), Act of 21 June 2019 No. 32 relating to official statistics and Statistics Norway § 10.

Irrelevant

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

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.

Sampling

Irrelevant

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. 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.

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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. From 2021, there was no longer municipality linked to the organizations in the files received by Statistics Norway, therefore there is no longer a county division in the statistics. Also from 2021, a minimum number of members in a society of 50 was introduced for payment of state subsidies.

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.

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