Muslim faiths are growing

Minareten of the mosque at the Islamic Cultural Center in OsloOslo.Minareten of the mosque at the Islamic Cultural Center in Oslo.Photo: Tore Meek / NTB scanpix

Today, 175,500 Muslims in Norway are registered as members of Muslim faiths, an increase of almost 90 percent over the past ten years.

In 2009, the figure was 92,700. This is shown by Statistics Norway (Statistics Norway) on Tuesday. The increase from 2018 to 2019 is 5.2 percent.

At the same time, the number of members in religious and religious communities outside the Norwegian Church has increased from 431,000 to 678,000 in the last ten years, an increase of 57 percent.

About 54 percent of the 678,000 are members of a Christian denomination, nearly 26 percent in a Muslim community, and about 14 percent are members of a religious community.

Of the more than 96,000 registered members of the community, the Human-Ethical Federation alone accounted for 91,300.

The church is falling
The number of members in Christian denominations outside the Norwegian Church increased by 3 percent from 2018 to 2019. According to Statistics Norway, the increase is a continuation of a clear long-term trend. In 2019, there are nearly 366,000 members in Christian faiths.

At the same time, the figures for members of the Norwegian Church show a weak but steadily declining trend. In 2018, the Church had 3.72 million members, a decrease of 75,000 compared to three years ago.

Most Catholics
Of the Christian communities outside the Norwegian Church, the Roman Catholic Church is the largest, with nearly 161,000 members in 2019. The second largest Christian religious community is Pentecostal churches with about 41,000 members.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have 12,680 members in Norway in 2019, while the Christian congregation (Smith’s friends) has 8,513 members. Both of these congregations have gained a few hundred more members in recent years.

Only 809 members are registered in Jewish religious communities in Norway today, according to Statistics Norway, which is six more than ten years ago.

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