27 percent of active Christians in Norway fully or partially agree with the claim that it is difficult to be a Christian in Norway.
The data is from a survey conducted by the analysis agency Nordic Navigation, on behalf of the newspaper Dagen and the Centre for Investigative Journalism.
1,600 people were asked to answer how much they agree with the statement “I find it difficult to be a Christian in Norway today.” 27.6 percent responded that they “totally agree” or “partially agree” with the statement.
The criterion for participating in the survey is that you are an active Christian by attending at least eight services a year.
Reasons reported in the survey are that many have experienced prejudice, that they fear being labeled as stupid, and the way Christianity is portrayed in the media.
Pål Ketil Botvar, professor of religious sociology at the University of Agder, is not surprised by the figures.
“I think it’s true. But this varies depending on what kind of Christian grouping you belong to and what kind of Christianity you become associated with,” Botvar tells Dagen.
Botvar says that part of the reason is that society is more secular than before.
“The more secular society is, the lower the level of knowledge about religion. Ordinary religious activity as a mission is associated with extremism and terror,” he says.
© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today