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Fr Mark's progressive Anglo-Catholic take on European Christianity

  • This is my collection of material about the current state of the churches in Europe. I am interested in looking at how they are dealing with the pressing issues of our time: the issues of gay people and women in ministry/ leadership are particularly pressing at the moment, as is the area of declining church attendance.

    I would like to see how Europe's traditional religious institutions are coping with the new Europe currently being forged, in which public opinion and ethical attitudes are becoming inceasingly pan-European, and are evidently presenting a series of strong challenges for the churches.

Sweden – church attendance

Posted by Fr Mark on September 15, 2009

coat_of_armsFrom Church of Sweden website:

About 7.6 million people (1993) belong to the Church of Sweden. Annual attendance is about 21 million. Somewhat less than 4 percent of the Church of Sweden membership attends public worship during an average week; about 2 per cent are regular attenders. Attendance rates vary considerably; they are higher in parts of Sweden strongly influenced by the 19th-century revival movements.

Of all Swedish infants, about 73 per cent are baptized in the Church of Sweden; about 58 percent of those eligible to be confirmed are. A new phenomenon in the Church of Sweden is young people being baptized in connection with confirmation; in 1987, that number was 2579.

Of all marriages performed in Sweden, about 63 percent take place under the auspices of the Church of Sweden. About 32 percent are civil ceremonies, and the rest are in some other religious context. About 90 percent of all Swedish funerals take place within the Church of Sweden; about 2 percent are civil ceremonies.

One Response to “Sweden – church attendance”

  1. stephenjohnson87 said

    very interesting

    for more info on sweden and culture check out

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