Sweden – church attendance
Posted by Fr Mark on September 15, 2009
From 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.