The Netherlands – church attendance
Posted by Fr Mark on August 25, 2009
Interestingly, religious practice amongst Muslims in the Netherlands is declining even more dramatically than amongst Christians. Could this be the trend across Europe?
From DutchNews.nl, 29.07.09:
Church and mosque attendance in decline
Wednesday 29 July 2009
Although around half of the population consider themselves religious, only one in five regularly attended a religious service in the period from 2004 to 2008. This is a considerable decrease compared to preceding years, reports the national statistics office CBS on Wednesday.
The biggest decline in attendance is among Muslims, says the CBS. Some 35% of Muslims went to a mosque at least once a month in the period 2004 to 2008 compared to 47% in 1998 and 1999. Of the total Dutch population 5% are Muslims (825,000 people).
Church attendance among Catholics also fell in the same period, down to 23% from 31%, but the figure for Protestants remains stable, the CBS says.