Religion in Finland


Religion in Finland

Most Finns are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (82.5 percent).fi icon cite web | url=http://evl.fi/EVLUutiset.nsf/Documents/F322C5D68B64DB62C225728700454792?OpenDocument&lang=FI | title=Kirkon väestötilastot tarkentuneet – Suomalaisista 82,4 prosenttia kuuluu luterilaiseen kirkkoon | date=2007-02-19 | work=Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland | accessdate=2007-02-19] A minority belongs to the Finnish Orthodox Church (1.1 percent) (see Eastern Orthodox Church). Other Protestant denominations and the Roman Catholic Church in Finland are significantly smaller, as are the Muslim, Jewish and other non-Christian communities (totaling 1.2 percent). 15.1 percent [cite web |url=http://tilastokeskus.fi/tup/suoluk/suoluk_vaesto_en.html |title=Finland in Figures |work=Statistics Finland |accessdate=2007-01-22] of the population is unaffiliated. The main Lutheran and Orthodox churches are constitutional national churches of Finland with special roles in ceremonies and often in school morning prayers. Politicians to Lutheran Church assemblies are selected in church elections every four years.

Over half of Finns say they pray at least once a month, the highest proportion in Nordics. [Restoring the Image. By Andrew Walker, Martyn Percy, David Martin. Published in 2001.] However, the majority of Lutherans attend church only for special occasions like Christmas, weddings and funerals. [cite web |url=http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2004/35453.htm |title=International Religious Freedom Report 2004 |work=U.S. Department of State |date=2004-09-15 |accessdate=2007-01-22]

According to the most recent Eurobarometer Poll 2005,cite web|url=http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_225_report_en.pdf|title=Eurobarometer on Social Values, Science and technology 2005 - page 11|accessdate=2007-05-05]

* 41% of Finnish citizens responded that "they believe there is a God".
* 41% answered that "they believe there is some sort of spirit or life force".
* 16% answered that "they do not believe there is any sort of spirit, God, or life force".

According to Zuckerman 2005, cite web|url=http://www.adherents.com/largecom/com_atheist.html|title=The Largest Atheist / Agnostic Populations|accessdate=2008-03-11] 28-60% of Finns are agnostics, atheists or non-believers.

ee also

*Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
*Finnish Orthodox Church
*Judaism in Finland
*Islam in Finland
*Hinduism in Finland
*Finland
*Religion by country
*Roman Catholicism in Finland
*Conservative Laestadianism

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