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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