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Two out of Three Icelanders Registered in National Church

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Two out of Three Icelanders Registered in National Church

Church in Seyðisfjörður

Interior of Bláa kirkjan (the blue church) in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Nearly two out of every three of Iceland’s residents, or just over 65%, are registered members of the national church. The numbers come from Registers Iceland and represent a loss of 2,029 members for the church since December 1, 2017.

During the same time period, Iceland’s Catholic Church gained around 377 members while the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association gained 370 members. As of October 1 of this year, 24,501 individuals are not registered in any religious or spiritual association, an increase of 1,959 individuals or 8.7% since December 1, 2017.

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