National Church Loses Congregants By The Thousands

Published April 12, 2011

New data from Statistics Iceland shows church participation continuing to wane, as thousands de-registered from the national church last year.
Vísir reports that adult congregants in the national church number some 183,697, or 77.2% of the country. By contrast, 89.9% of Icelanders were registered in the national church in 1998.
Nonetheless, the national church remains the largest religious group in the country. In distant second is the Catholic church, which has some 6,366 congregants over the age of 18.
Those who are registered outside of any religious organisation are increasing. 11,868 were so registered, a jump from 8,483 just one year previous. Among those registering themselves with a religious group for the first time, the Catholic church is in the lead, possibly due to the fact that the largest immigrant group in Iceland is comprised of Poles.
A series of controversies last year that centred around the national church and how it has dealt with cases of sexual abuse within its walls led to a number of people de-registering from the church. Statistics Iceland now reports that 5,092 left the church last year alone.
More exact information can be found on the Statistics Iceland website (in Icelandic).



News
Russian Bombers In Close Proximity To Icelandic Passenger Jet

Russian Bombers In Close Proximity To Icelandic Passenger Jet

by

Two unidentified Russian bomber airplanes, probably Tupolev Tu-22Ms, flew directly under an Icelandic passenger jet traveling from Keflavik to Stockholm

News
Intense Northern Lights Over Reykjavík Captured On Film

Intense Northern Lights Over Reykjavík Captured On Film

by

Some stunning northern lights put on quite a show over Reykjavík last night. Our Facebook feed was full of brave

News
“The Icelandic People Are My Hope Now” – Afghan Mother & Daughter Still In Peril

“The Icelandic People Are My Hope Now” – Afghan Mother & Daughter Still In Peril

by

A group of Icelanders arrived at the Ministry of the Interior today to hand over a petition of some 3,300

News
Pirates And Conservatives Neck-And-Neck

Pirates And Conservatives Neck-And-Neck

by

The latest poll from Market and Media Research shows the two parties at a statistical tie, and it is still

News
The Cave Tamer

The Cave Tamer

by

Raufarhólshellir, the third largest lava tunnel in Iceland, is easily accessible from Reykjavík: after a 35km drive, it’s simple to

News
Man Dies Fearing His Insurance Company Would Drop Coverage

Man Dies Fearing His Insurance Company Would Drop Coverage

by

A British man who died from injuries sustained from falling from a horse in Iceland did not disclose to medical

Show Me More!