Norway prepares for ‘biggest change to the church since Reformation’

Jan 4, 2017

By The Local Staff

On January 1st, the Church of Norway and the Norwegian government will formally divorce after nearly 500 years together.

But their relationship will remain close. Too close, some say.

When 2016 becomes 2017, Norway will formalize the separation of church and state that was set in motion eight years ago by parliament. As of January 1st, the Nordic nation’s 1,250 priests and bishops will no longer be government officials appointed by the king. And the Church of Norway will no longer be an agency of the state, but an independent business.


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3 comments on “Norway prepares for ‘biggest change to the church since Reformation’

  • @OP link – He points to the “national church” phrase in the Constitution and adds that the Church of Norway is almost solely funded by the government, that particular provisions are attached to the church in legislation and that the Church is still responsible for funerals in most places throughout the country.

    “But the church is now an independent legal entity,” he said.

    NHA’s Mille said the group would continue to fight for a full and unambiguous separation between church and state.

    This seems to be a change for the worse, with the state still funding the church but no longer directing it!



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  • A Norwegian friend told me that they do not have birth certificates as such, but rely on certificates of baptism provided by the church. This is a very neat way of controlling things – especially Muslim immigrants. She had serious passport problems being born of a Norwegian diplomat in Beirut, and thus not baptised.



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