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Key figures

3 724 857

members in Church of Norway, 2018

Church of Norway - main figures1
2018Change last 3 years
1Baptized from 2016 and onward shows the total number of baptized. The number cannot be compared to previous year's numbers because they showed performed acts of baptize.
Members of the Church of Norway3 724 857-74 509
Members as a percentage of the population70-3.0
Baptized128 597-5 519
Baptized as a percentage of births51.9-5.9
Confirmed35 248-4 279
Confirmed as a percentage of persons 15-years old56.3-5.2
Church burials35 683-1 114.0
Church burials as a percentage of all deaths87.4-3.0
 
Church weddings7 048-786
Church services60 396-1 512
Participants in church services total5 318 193-451 839
Participants per church service88.1-5

See selected tables from this statistics

Table 1 
Church of Norway. Members and church ceremonies, by diocese

Church of Norway. Members and church ceremonies, by diocese1
Members of the Church of NorwayEnrolledResignedBaptizedConfirmedChurch weddingsChurch burials
1Do not include members living aboard. Emigrated members count 133 252 members in 2012, 130 953 in 2013, 135 592 members in 2014, 147 648 members in 2015 and 142 802 members in 2016
201813 724 8572 09611 87728 59735 2487 04835 683
20173 740 9202 44315 42430 33135 5197 33135 998
20163 758 0703 14741 02432 56137 4207 53536 150
20153 799 3661 93815 48634 11639 5277 83436 797
20143 835 9731 04711 00335 05140 2538 00636 430
20133 843 7211 0635 46436 57240 0548 22137 243
 
2018
Oslo451 7753832 0303 4192 9076183 749
Borg491 8632651 3813 2944 5759034 575
Hamar308 6971087132 1562 9566523 810
Tunsberg368 9112121 1502 4043 0917513 722
Agder og Telemark330 4712901 2342 5263 1627483 505
Stavanger335 5662081 2523 0953 7287332 702
Bjørgvin477 6622181 5154 1075 2208474 259
Møre211 786865271 7552 4774042 126
Nidaros355 9051711 1172 9103 4806583 142
Sør-Hålogaland195 910825021 4651 8613572 240
Nord-Hålogaland188 636734561 4661 7913771 853
Unknown diocese17 675000000

Table 2 
Church of Norway. Church services and participants, by diocese

Church of Norway. Church services and participants, by diocese
Services totalParticipants totalChurch services sundays and holidaysParticipants in church services sundays and holidaysChurch services except sundays and holidaysParticipants in church services except sundays and holidaysServices with communionParticipants communionChristmas Eve servicesParticipants Christmas Eve services
201860 3965 318 19345 1224 076 20915 2741 241 98432 4591 291 2572 347537 027
201761 0005 454 82645 5004 194 79315 5001 260 03332 7911 305 1202 314559 807
201662 5095 685 13846 4184 418 53916 0911 266 59932 6971 317 4722 321553 283
201561 9085 770 03246 5744 563 91615 3341 206 11632 1041 310 4512 291562 674
201463 0225 892 11047 6014 668 38815 4211 223 72232 1821 311 8052 261563 583
201364 0485 952 89448 3024 723 22415 7461 229 67032 3921 303 7462 254556 689
 
2018
Oslo5 620557 9053 657388 8311 963169 0743 805204 07217958 937
Borg6 543579 2334 750424 3031 793154 9303 662148 66725556 756
Hamar5 685395 7724 551313 3351 13482 4372 94477 23123344 808
Tunsberg5 466449 4594 175350 5401 29198 9193 019115 37823551 699
Agder og Telemark6 393601 9885 118487 4081 275114 5803 072157 97024863 327
Stavanger5 381642 5584 062505 6821 319136 8762 750167 20821662 470
Bjørgvin8 374734 8326 418583 7341 956151 0984 494157 08631970 863
Møre3 714366 6972 951283 79876382 8992 00882 64914031 877
Nidaros5 652457 1893 934341 9221 718115 2672 47076 26121344 002
Sør-Hålogaland3 576255 9712 698194 32487861 6471 98152 17814626 907
Nord-Hålogaland3 992276 5892 808202 3321 18474 2572 25452 55716325 381

About the statistics

The annual church statistics give a summary of the Church of Norway activity in parishes/municipalities. These statistics are published at a bishopric level. The statistics give information about church rituals such as baptisms, confirmations, weddings, burials and church service attendance.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

The reporting unit is the parish. According to the Church of Norway Act the parish is the basic unit. In every parish there should be a parochial church council. In municipalities with more than one parish there should be a joint parish council. According to this Act a register should be provided over baptisms, confirmations, enrolments and resignations of Church membership, number of marriages and funerals performed by a vicar in the Church of Norway. Humbers of baptized from 2016 and onward shows total number of baptized. The number cannot be compared to previous year’s numbers because they showed performed acts of baptize. Marriages only include ecclesiastical marriages performed in Norway. For a total number of marriages, look to Population statistics. Members in the Church of Norway include members as well as not baptized childeren (until 18 year) of a parent who is a member.

 

Standard classifications

Not relevant.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Church of Norway
Topic: Culture and recreation

Responsible division

Division for Education and Culture Statistics

Regional level

The figures are published on both national and regional level (municipality), as well as the level of dioceses.

Frequency and timeliness

KOSTRA:Church key figures are published annually on the municipal level on  the 15th March (unrevised figures) and 15th of June (revised figures). At the diosece level the statistics are published in the beginning of May.

International reporting

Not relevant.

Microdata

Mikro data are stored in accordance with the instruction of The Data Inspectorate.

 

Background

Background and purpose

As far as the statistical year 2004 the annual statistics of the parishes were collected at paper schemes by NSD - Norwegian Center for Research Data and published in the Ecclesiastical Database. As of the year 2005 the collection of data is electronic and is reported through the web-portal of SSB. The purpose of this statics is to give information about the activity in the parishes of the Church of Norway. The Church of Norway National Council  finance the statistics.

Users and applications

Important users of the Church statistics is the Ministry of Culture (KUD), Church of Norway National Council, dioceses, the joint parish councils, other ecclesiastical organisations related to Dnk, as well as for researchers and media. This statistics is also relevant in connection to other statistics in SSB. For instance, membership in Religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, Church accounts statistics and Register-based Employment Statistics for the Church of Norway.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 08 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

Church statistics are also relevant in connection with other statistics in Statistics Norway.Such as the statistics for Religious and life stance communities, Church account statistics for the joint parish councils and theEmployment statistics for the Church.

 

Legal authority

Statistics Norway carries out this task on behalf of the Church Council with legal authority in the Act on the Church (kirkeloven) §9, the last section. Statistics Norway can make use of the collected data for official statistical purposes with legal basis in the Statistics Act.

EEA reference

Not relevant.

Production

Population

This statistics includes all geographical parishes in the Church of Norway, not included Svalbard. The statistics do not include church affairs aboard or at institutions as hosptital and prisons, the church for the deaf, army chaplains and others having their own registers. Every parochial church council in cooperation with the vicar is responsible for reporting the data. The reporting unit is the parishes. The annual statistics include information on the number of baptisms, confirmations, enrolments and resignations of Church membership, number of services, congregation numbers, communicant numbers, collection takings, activities for children and teenagers, diaconal and ecumenical work in the parishes, cultural work etc. The main point of the statistics is the activity that the vicars, the parochial church council and the employed are responsible to.

Data sources and sampling

KOSTRA_Church uses data from several sources, among other from the municipality accounts, the membership register of the Church of Norway, several registers for employment figures and Statistics Norway population statistics. The annual statistics are collected via KOSTRA, scheme 28, "Annual statistics for the Church of Norway". Including the whole population (parish).

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Data is collected electronically once every year from each parish, and the information should be available for Statistics Norway by  20th January.

The electronic forms contain built-in consistency checks and logical tests. After arrival data are checked automatically and edited manually.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant.

Confidentiality

Not relevant.

Comparability over time and space

At the time of a new way of reporting system in 2005, it was also worked out a new scheme with simplified questions compared to former schemes. This change complicates comparisons with former years on municipality level, but at national level the continuity is good. The most important questions are continued pursued over the years.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Errors can occur when the form is filled out manually. Most errors are discoverd by revising controls and will be corrected. The possibility of errors by measuring in the parishes can also happen. Most of the information from the church book, the daily register etc. will be correct. Some errors may still occur.

All the registered units are included in the statistics every year. The last years the number has been declining due to merging of the unitis. 

Revision

Not relevant