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National Church of Iceland Continues to Lose Members

The number of Icelanders who are not registered members of any religious organization has more than doubled since 2010, Kjarninn reports. Around one third of the population, or 111,000 people, do not belong to the National Church. The data comes from Statistics Iceland and is also visible in the national register.

The number of those not registered in any religious organizations in Iceland is increasing, while the number of those registered in the National Church of Iceland is decreasing. In 1992, 92.2 percent of the population were registered members of the National Church (also known as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland). Within six years, that figure dipped below 90 percent, reaching a historical low of under 80 percent in 2009, although the total number of members continued to grow until that year, reaching a peak of 253,069 individuals.

Around the end of last year, the total number of members in the church was under 70 percent of the population, or 236,481 individuals. Religious organizations receive federal tax funds based on the number of registered members.

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