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Church of Norway

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Key figures

3 740 920

members in Church of Norway

Church of Norway - main figures1
2017Change last 4 years
1Baptized from 2016 and onward shows the total number of baptized. The number cannot be compared to previous year's numbers because they showed performed acts of baptize.
Members of the Church of Norway3 740 920-102 801
Members as a percentage of the population70.6-4.6
Baptized130 331-6 241
Baptized as a percentage of births53.6-8.4
Confirmed35 519-4 535
Confirmed as a percentage of persons 15-years old57.9-5.7
Church burials35 998-1 245
Church burials as a percentage of all deaths88.2-2.0
 
Church weddings7 331-890
Church services61 000-3 048
Participants in church services total5 454 826-498 068
Participants per church service89.4-3.5

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Table 1 
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
1Do not include members living aboard. Emigrated members count 133 252 members in 2012, 130 953 in 2013, 135 592 members in 2014, 147 648 members in 2015 and 142 802 members in 2016
201713 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
20143 835 9731 04711 00335 05140 2538 00636 430
20133 843 7211 0635 46436 57240 0548 22137 243
20123 848 2951 1615 25838 35741 1868 89837 673
 
2017
Oslo453 5024472 2933 4732 8136523 795
Borg493 3253261 6633 5644 7169844 486
Hamar311 0441368142 2002 9716323 759
Tunsberg370 8942531 2792 5593 1937803 953
Agder og Telemark332 7063212 0232 7983 0528103 556
Stavanger336 9032541 9573 3463 7327662 736
Bjørgvin479 9352412 0304 3555 2478854 190
Møre213 0801287901 9252 4844272 129
Nidaros356 9221521 3703 0523 5346633 258
Sør-Hålogaland197 239836031 5251 9333582 230
Nord-Hålogaland189 9381026021 5341 8443741 906
Unknown diocese15 432000000

Table 2 
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
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
201463 0225 892 11047 6014 668 38815 4211 223 72232 1821 311 8052 261563 583
201364 0485 952 89448 3024 723 22415 7461 229 67032 3921 303 7462 254556 689
201264 8526 017 01848 5794 771 62216 2731 245 39630 9091 255 9082 231550 789
 
2017
Oslo5 722553 0043 666385 4052 056167 5993 905189 51718163 040
Borg6 430591 8794 716440 9041 714150 9753 577150 68325359 089
Hamar5 822406 5944 573321 9731 24984 6213 33078 05423245 838
Tunsberg5 485463 6974 213368 0601 27295 6373 011117 37823255 259
Agder og Telemark6 499636 5765 214518 0761 285118 5003 066165 03024363 811
Stavanger5 489666 8074 079520 8621 410145 9452 907177 76521264 308
Bjørgvin8 253744 3746 446596 6961 807147 6784 388158 30331374 568
Møre3 749371 2742 981287 33776883 9372 06085 04613833 694
Nidaros5 752467 9303 952346 5321 800121 3982 41880 08320444 920
Sør-Hålogaland3 610270 7342 792204 86581865 8691 94251 78814729 750
Nord-Hålogaland4 189281 9572 868204 0831 32177 8742 18751 47315925 530

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.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

The reporting unit is the parish. According to the Church of Norway Act the parish is the basic unit. 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 this Act a register should be provided over baptisms, confirmations, enrolments and resignations of Church membership, number of marriages and funerals performed by a vicar in the Church of Norway. Humbers 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 year) of a parent who is a member.

 

Standard classifications

Not relevant.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Church of Norway
Topic: Culture and recreation

Responsible division

Division for Education and Culture Statistics

Regional level

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

Frequency and timeliness

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 in the beginning of May.

International reporting

Not relevant.

Microdata

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

 

Background

Background and purpose

As far as the statistical year 2004 the annual statistics of the parishes were collected at paper schemes by NSD - Norwegian Center for Research Data and published in the Ecclesiastical Database. As of the year 2005 the collection of data is electronic and is reported through the web-portal of SSB. The purpose of this statics is to give information about the activity in the parishes of the Church of Norway. The Church of Norway National Council  finance the statistics.

Users and applications

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.

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

Coherence with other statistics

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 theEmployment statistics for the Church.

 

Legal authority

Statistics Norway carries out this task on behalf of the Church Council with legal authority in the Act on the Church (kirkeloven) §9, the last section. Statistics Norway can make use of the collected data for official statistical purposes with legal basis in the Statistics Act.

EEA reference

Not relevant.

Production

Population

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 and sampling

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, scheme 28, "Annual statistics for the Church of Norway". Including the whole population (parish).

Collection of data, editing and estimations

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.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant.

Confidentiality

Not relevant.

Comparability over time and space

At the time of a new way of reporting system in 2005, it was also worked out a new scheme with simplified questions compared to former schemes. 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.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

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.

All the registered units are included in the statistics every year. The last years the number has been declining due to merging of the unitis. 

Revision

Not relevant