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30 per cent more members of registered religious communities
Over the course of the last 10 years, membership of registered religious communities outside the state Church of Norway has increased nearly 30 per cent. The number has increased from around 186 000 members in 1990 to almost 255 000 in 2000.
As of 1 January 2000 religious and philosophical communities outside the Church of Norway had a total of nearly 355 000 members, of which 255 000 were members of registered religious communities, 32 000 of unregistered religious communities and 68 000 of the secular Human Ethical Union. Altogether, these communities have increased their membership by 19 000 since 1999.
More Muslims and Catholics
The biggest increase in registered religious communities was enjoyed by the Islamic communities and the Roman Catholic Church, which saw increases of 30 400 and 16 000 respectively since 1990. At the start of 2000 the Islamic communities accounted for the largest religious community outside the Church of Norway, with nearly 50 000 members. In addition, there were 6 800 members of unregistered communities. Pentecostal congregations were the second largest with 45 000 members, while the Roman Catholic Church had 42 600 members.
Fewer in Human Ethical Union
Although membership of the Human Ethical Union has increased by 18 500 members, 37 per cent, in the last 10 years, their numbers have dropped by 300 since 1 January 1999. While the Human Ethical Union has local chapters in every county, most of its members more than 25 000, in 17 local chapters live in Oslo and Akershus county.
There are large geographical differences with respect to whether people are members of religious and philosophical communities outside the Church of Norway. In Oslo, 14 per cent are members of religious and philosophical communities outside the Church of Norway. The corresponding figure for Sogn og Fjordane in western Norway is only one per cent.
Church of Norway
Church of Norway statistics for 1999 showed that 48 000 were baptized, 37 400 confirmed and 12 700 couples joined in holy matrimony. In the course of 1999 a total of 4 400 people resigned from the Church of Norway, while 900 enrolled. Total membership was more than 3.8 million, equivalent to about 86 per cent of the population. The number of marriages performed by the Church of Norway in 1999 fell by more than three per cent compared with last year, while the decline in the number of baptized and confirmed was one per cent compared with 1998.
- Table 1 Members of religious and philosophical communities outside the Church of Norway. 1971-2000. Numbers and per cent
- Table 2 Church of Norway. Church events and members of the Church of Norway, by diocese. 1995-1999
- Table 3 Congregations and members of religious and philosophical communities outside the Church of Norway, by county. 1 January 2000.
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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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