Bishop Warns Of Financial Trouble For Smaller Churches

Published November 12, 2012

Iceland’s bishop says that budget cuts made to the national church could spell the demise of smaller parishes.
The Church of Iceland receives support from the Icelandic government from the general treasury, paid into by tax money from people registered in the church. People born in Iceland whose mothers are in the church are automatically registered in the church; it takes the voluntary filling out of paperwork to leave.
RÚV reports that Bishop of Iceland Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir, addressing parishioners at an official church meeting, said that since the establishment of the Ministry of the Interior, the church has seen a 25% cut in its annual budget.
This, she says, has led to smaller churches having to reduce their staff numbers. As such, she contends that the church finds itself in an “emergency situation” as far as keeping these smaller parishes active is concerned.
It should be pointed out that the salary of the Bishop of Iceland is about one million ISK per month. In addition, figures from 2009 show that the church received over 2.6 billion ISK from the treasury. The question, then, may be one of a better distribution of available funds, rather than an increase in funding.



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!