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Religious communities and life stance communities

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Key figures

655 236

members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway

Members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/life stance. Per 1 January1
2018Percentage change
MembersPer cent2017 - 20182014 - 2018
1Including only members for whom government subsidy is received.
2One community not represented in the statistics for 2012.
3One community not represented in the statistics for 2010 and 2012.
Total655 236100.05.811.6
Baha'ism1 1150.2-2.7-1.1
Buddism20 0773.115.717.5
Hinduism10 4271.616.341.2
Islam166 86125.59.026.3
Judaism27890.12.61.0
Christianity355 07054.24.65.3
Sikhism33 7040.61.410.1
Philosophy95 03014.52.39.9
Other religious and philosophical communities2 1630.316.431.0

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Table 1 
Members of congregations in religious and philosophical communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/philosophy and county

Members of congregations in religious and philosophical communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/philosophy and county12
20172018
TotalBuddismIslamChristianityOther religion3PhilosophyTotalBuddismIslamChristianityOther religion3Philosophy
1Does not include members living abroad. This means that the total sum of members on county level will be lower than the total number of members of regligious communities and life stance communities
2Including only members for whom government subsidy is sreceived.
3Include Bahài, Judaism, Sikhism and other relgions. One community for for Judaism and Sikhism is not represented in the statistics for 2012.
 
Total619 22217 351153 067339 49216 39392 919655 06020 077166 810354 95118 19495 028
Østfold41 5751 47311 69123 4574524 50243 9141 54912 89524 2855084 677
Akershus79 5922 52018 66741 4383 22313 74486 3243 05521 33344 3133 63713 986
Oslo140 6313 39058 25953 8966 01719 069148 2743 90962 46256 0096 63819 256
Hedmark14 1703752 7987 7781673 05215 1645253 0038 3191843 133
Oppland12 2193702 7276 4491582 51513 0114632 9996 8031512 595
Buskerud37 94399011 95718 7951 5144 68740 3371 12712 59219 9371 8434 838
Vestfold29 9858665 34418 1695865 02031 2489685 54418 9756235 138
Telemark23 0984484 20615 4971042 84323 6715114 42915 7251322 874
Aust-Agder15 8452781 60612 319751 56716 5243861 85612 573791 630
Vest-Agder30 1767153 95222 8561612 49231 4449854 26723 4541612 577
Rogaland54 5961 64610 04735 0481 1016 75458 0871 88011 12736 8201 2716 989
Hordaland49 7211 3216 63232 8771 1137 77852 1781 5577 46033 9751 1947 992
Sogn og Fjordane5 8801061 0693 635859856 3741281 2563 882981 010
Møre og Romsdal19 5437502 31013 2575442 68220 7827872 64114 0595362 759
Trøndelag......34 8571 4576 81816 8807998 903
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)25 6081 1974 61812 2287286 837......
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)7 7902301 6403 940571 923......
Nordland15 0162882 5038 8781183 22915 7453472 7149 2411343 309
Troms - Romsa10 4252811 9125 6831142 43511 0112812 0226 1251232 460
Finnmark - Finnmárku4 844948403 073627755 1941189573 27462783
Svalbard............
County not stated5651328921914309214443530221119

Table 2 
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
20172018
Members in religious and philosophical communitiesPer centMembers in religious and philosophical communitiesPer cent
1Including only members for whom government subsidy is received.
2One community not represented in the statistics for 2012
Total619 222100.0655 236100.0
Baha'ism1 1460.21 1150.2
Buddism17 3512.820 0773.1
Hinduism8 9651.410 4271.6
Islam153 06724.7166 86125.5
Judaism27690.17890.1
Christianity339 49254.8355 07054.2
Sikhism23 6540.63 7040.6
Life stance92 91915.095 03014.5
Other religious and philosophical communities1 8590.32 1630.3

Table 3 
Members of Christian communities outside the Church of Norway. Per 1 January

Members of Christian communities outside the Church of Norway. Per 1 January1
20142015201620172018
11 Including only members for whom government subsidy is received.
Total337 316296 521349 083339 492355 070
Adventists4 8064 7854 7784 6954 648
The Free Evangelican Congregation3 2583 2303 3183 1693 264
The Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Norway19 55719 49918 90819 46919 215
The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation4 3484 3554 1171 2902 187
The Icelandic Evangelical Lutheran Congregation in Norway6 7406 5166 8301 0662 740
The Christian Church7 7507 9978 1778 4178 235
The Orthodox Church14 76517 47620 20221 99325 843
The Roman Catholic Church140 10995 655144 856152 022157 220
The Evangelical Lutheran Church Community3 1893 1583 1773 1723 176
The Norwegian Baptist Union10 28310 29610 36710 51010 711
Church of Norway Mission Convenant10 13610 40610 59810 84310 959
Jehovahs Witness12 13012 30412 41312 47912 566
The Christian Community2 5402 5272 5502 4832 481
Christian centres3 1453 1363 0012 9652 938
The Methodist Church in Norway10 68410 56610 53110 43210 320
Pentecostal Congregations39 39839 14939 43139 26340 056
The Swedish Margareta Congregation in Oslo21 57322 00621 6899 48312 332
Others22 90523 46024 14025 74126 179

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.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

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.

Standard classifications

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.

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Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Religious communities and life stance communities
Topic: Culture and recreation

Responsible division

Division for Education and Culture Statistics

Regional level

National and county level

Frequency and timeliness

Yearly except for 2005

International reporting

Irrelevant

Microdata

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

Background

Background and purpose

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.

Users and applications

Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs, other government services, research institutions, religious and life stance communities, media, students and others interested in the subject.

 

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

Coherence with other statistics

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

Legal authority

Act of 13 June 1969 about religious communities and various others, with amendment of 12 June 1981. Further amendment in the regulation on registered and unregistered religious communities was done 19 April 2005. Act of 12 June 1981 about life stance communities with regulation on subsidies for life stance communities 1 December, as well as amendment in the regulation of 19 April 2005. Data is collected pursuant to § 2-2 of the Statistics Act

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EEA reference

Irrelevant

Production

Population

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 and sampling

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.

Irrelevant

Collection of data, editing and estimations

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 per municipality. 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.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

The data can be defined as sensitive and figures will be replaced with dots if there are below three observations in a cell.

Comparability over time and space

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.

 

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

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.

 

Revision

Not relevant