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Half a million in religious and life stance communities
At the beginning of the year, 10.2 per cent of the Norwegian population, or 510 700, were members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway. This represents an increase of about 5 per cent compared to the previous year. The Christian communities had the largest increase.
As of 1 January 2012, 510 700 persons in Norway were members of religious and life stance communities; an increase of 26 200 compared with the previous year.
More than half of the members, 290 000, were members of Christian communities. A total of 84 700 were members of life stance communities and accounted for approximately 17 per cent of all members of communities. Furthermore, various Islamic communities accounted for around 22 per cent of the members, while the members of Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh communities accounted for 3 per cent, 1.1 per cent and 0.2 per cent of the members respectively.
The statistics are based on annual applications for central government subsidies submitted by religious and life stance communities to the county governor. The membership lists are sent to the Brønnøysund Register Centre via the county governor for control and elimination of duplicates. As of 2005, the statistics are not comparable with previous years since the basis for the data has been changed.
- Table 1 Members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/life stance. Per 1 January. 2005-2012. Numbers and per cent
- Table 2 Members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/life stance. County. 2006-2012
- Table 3 Members of Christian communities outside the Church of Norway. Per 1 January. 2005-2012
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The statistics include members of religious and life stance communities based on annual applications for central government subsidies. Some communities do not apply for subsidies every year. Due to this fact, the number of members in some categories varies some years. Some communities never apply for subsidies.
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