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Fewer and fewer Norwegians believe in God, the survey shows

The proportion of Norwegians who say they believe in God has fallen from 53% to 30% in the last 35 years.

The Norwegian Monitor 2020 survey continues to show declining support for religious belief in Norway.

The proportion of those who say they believe in God has fallen by four percentage points since the previous survey two years ago, and by a total of 23 percentage points since the survey began in 1985.

– The figures show a dramatic decline, said John Spilling, project manager at Norsk Monitor, published by Ipsos, to the news agency NTB in May.

The Norwegian Monitor survey is conducted every two years and charts changes in values, attitudes and behavior over time in Norwegian society.

Fall strongest among Norwegian youth

In the survey, 48% answered “no” to the question of whether they believed in God.

A total of 30% answered “yes”, while 21% were unsure.

The proportion of those who said they believed in God was lowest in the 25-39 age group, with only 19% saying “yes.”

The proportion of those who see themselves as Christians has fallen from 24% to 21% in the last two years.

In the long run, however, this share has remained stable and is now in the mid-1980s.

Although only 30% say they believe in God, 61% state that they belong to the Christian faith.

A total of 22% do not identify with any religion, while 10% identify with the Norwegian Humanist Association.

A total of 4% state that they belong to another faith and 2% say they are unsure.

Meadows: Necessary changes

Secretary General of the Norwegian Humanist Association Trond Enger believes the figures show that there have been major demographic changes in the population and that politicians have not taken these into account.

“I encourage politicians to update their understanding of what Norwegians believe and do not believe, in order to create good politics for the future,” Enger said at the time.

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