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City dwellers abandon the Swedish church

City dwellers abandon the Swedish church

Published: 05 Mar 2013 10:11 GMT+01:00
Updated: 05 Mar 2013 10:11 GMT+01:00

The former state Church of Sweden lost more than 50,000 members in 2012, continuing a trend in declining membership, seen most acutely in the towns, since Sweden became secular in the year 2000.

The church, which defines itself as Evangelical Lutheran, still has 7 million members.

Last year, however, 54,000 people decided to drop out. During the same time frame, the national church also attracted more than 7,500 new members.

There are differences in the drop-off rate between the towns and smaller communities.

Stockholm and Gothenburg saw thousands of members decide not to renew their memberships, while in the tiny town Bjurholm in Ångermandland County there was only one person who decided to leave.

"That community has a high attendance at church services," the local pastor Michael Brodin told the TT news agency, before underlining that the congregation was small.

"They have a tradition of piety."

The church itself has noted the urban rural divide.

"Most people in Stockholm have moved here, which means they don't have their childhood church nearby," Jonas Bromander, head of analysis at the Church of Sweden's national office.

"It means the relationship is weakened."

Half of Stockholm and Gothenburg residents are now members, while less than half of Malmö's residents are members.

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13:31 March 5, 2013 by Snood
Excellent and unsurprising news. Lets hope that the church continues to fade into inevitable irrelevance.
17:49 March 5, 2013 by BackpackerKev
Religion should never have a monetary membership! I am appalled that the Swedish church is an OPT-OUT system with many problems in doing so.

It may have 7million members, but the Swedish people pay out of tradition and the fact it is incredibly cumbersome to cancel payments and many do not bother.

7Million x Minimum Monthly membership fee is ALOT, and the Churches in no way give back to the community that amount of money. Non-Profit? B-S, They sit on a massive bank account which is nothing but Profit.
19:08 March 5, 2013 by rohermoker
As Sweden trades it's Christian values for that of the Muslims, I hope it finds value.
19:49 March 5, 2013 by BackpackerKev
Why does a nation need to trade any values?. Humanity - Of which we all belong - has its own values which has no god.
23:06 March 5, 2013 by bcterry
As Sweden trades it's Christian values for that of the Muslims, I hope it finds value. "

The wonderful (cough) "values"??? of muslims.

VIOLENCE against innocents.

DEATH to apostates.

DEATH for blasphemy.

HATE towards Jews.

RACISM towards Jews and Blacks.

DEATH to those who criticize your self appointed so called "prophet".

Sex with 9 year old children.



HATE towards christians.

DEATH to christians and jews simply for being christians and jews.


DEATH to cartoonists and film makers.

SUBJUGATION of women and non muslims.

DEATH to homosexuals.
00:01 March 6, 2013 by Enjoyourlife
They are being converted to islam. Welcome to the islamic republic of Sweden.
01:58 March 6, 2013 by Eric1
Abandon what has made the West great, and people decent you wind up with an immoral, self centered people.
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