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Iceland: a nation of believers

According to the results of a recent IMG- Gallup survey, Iceland is a nation of believers.

On average Icelanders recite the prayer Fadir Vor (The Lord’s Prayer) three times a week. 37.7% of Icelanders pray regularly with their children. 76.3% are Christian but 22.4% say that they have their own personal faith. Theses are the results from a recent IMG-Gallup survey on the religious life of the Icelandic nation, as presented at the annual church congress of the Icelandic National Church.

According to the results of the survey, although church attendance is low – on average Icelanders go to church four times a year – the church’s activities for children are popular. 83% say that they or their children have participated in the church’s children’s activities. 90% of those surveyed believe the National Church provides good services to children.

66% of those surveyed believe that faith helps them answer ethical dilemmas of daily life.

72% of those surveyed believe instruction in Christian studies in primary school is at the right level; 33% believe that instruction on other religions is at the right level. 82% are in favor of providing general instruction in religion and religious studies in higher education.

46% of the Icelanders surveyed are for the separation of state and church.

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