More Norwegians got married in church during the pandemic 

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The number of people who chose to get married in the church increased by 8% last year, the Church of Norway stated on Tuesday. There was also a marked increase in the number of baptized Norwegians.

In the diocese of Oslo, the number of marriages increased by as much as 31% in 2020 compared to the previous year.

Even though there is a marked increase, there were still fewer baptisms and marriages than in the last “normal year” (pre-pandemic) of 2019. 

“We know that many people postponed baptisms and weddings in 2020 to be able to have a larger group of people they love at the event. More people decided to go through with it in 2021, but we think that some probably held back due to the restrictions,” Kristin Gunleiksrud Raaum said.

Raaum noted that the employees in the churches made a great effort to make adjustments so that as many people as possible could participate in planned church activities.

“An incredible number of working hours have been spent,” Raaum added.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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