Religion in Norway. NORINT 0500 Norwegian life and society 18.02.2013 Anne Hege Grung. In this lecture:. Religion in Norway in a historical perspective: State and Church Religion in contemporary Norway: Religious pluralism, inter-religious interaction and current developments.
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NORINT 0500 Norwegianlife and society
Anne Hege Grung
Original §2: ”Den evangelisk-lutherske tro forbliver statens offisielle religion. De Innvaanere som bekjenner seg til den forplikter aa oppdra deres barn i samme.”
Revised §2: "Værdigrundlaget forbliver vor kristne og humanistiske Arv. Denne Grundlov skal sikre Demokrati, Retsstat og Menneskrettighederne." § 16: "Alle indvaanere af Riget have fri Religionsøvelse. Den norske Kirke, en evangelisk-luthersk kirke, forbliver Norges Folkekirke og understøttes som saadan af Staten. Nærmere Bestemmelser om dens Ordning fastsættes ved Lov. Alle Tros- og Livssynssamfund skal understøttes paa lige Linje."
1969: ”Lov om trudomssamfunn og ymist anna” established full freedom of religion in Norway, including
- The right to establish faith and life-stance communities, the right to convert (after the age of 15), the right to organize meetings and gatherings and to free speech
ChurchofNorway: 3,83 mill/78% (2011)
Other Christian denominations: 289 000 (2012)
Islamicfaithcommunities: 112 000 (2012)
Buddhism15 000, Hinduism 5 600, Baha’i 1000, Judaism115*, Sikhism1 100 (2012)
in English: http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/07/02/10/trosamf_en/
*The previousyear it was 819
The Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities in Norway was established on the 30th of May 1996. The goals of the Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities are defined in the statutes:
To promote mutual understanding and respect between different religious and life stance communities through dialogue;
To work towards equality between various religious and life stance communities in Norway based on the United Nations covenants on Human Rights and on the European Convention on Human Rights;
To work, internally and externally, with social and ethical issues from the perspective of religions and life stances.