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    Default Minority Religions Growing in Popularity

    Finland is experiencing a religious boom, and is now home to more than 800 religions and religious movements, according to a new report by the Church Research Institute.
    While religions new to Finland are attracting more worshippers, membership in Finland's Evangelical Lutheran Church continues to fall. Even so, 81.7 percent of the population still belongs to the Lutheran church.
    The statistics are misleading, however, when one considers the surge of participation in spiritual belief systems that may not have widespread infrastructure in Finland. Philosophical Asian religions such as Buddhism and Taoism especially have grown. On the other side of the spectrum, revivalist Christian groups like the Pentecostals have also seen their ranks swell.
    Immigrants have also brought to Finland a greater familiarity with Islam, for example. Three-quarters of immigrants are Christian, however.


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    Might be that these are religious movements which can not practice their religion freely at home?

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    Is the government recognizing other religions yet? Other than the Finnish Orthodox and the Lutheran Christianity. When I lived there before, there were plenty of other religions, but they were considered pagan in the eyes of the government. They don't get tax money from the government and their parishioners are considered pagan and don't have to pay the church taxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by afinnegirl View Post
    Is the government recognizing other religions yet? Other than the Finnish Orthodox and the Lutheran Christianity. When I lived there before, there were plenty of other religions, but they were considered pagan in the eyes of the government. They don't get tax money from the government and their parishioners are considered pagan and don't have to pay the church taxes.
    That seems an alien concept to me, the government imposing "church" taxes? tax money from the government? Not even Irish Catholics would stand for that. Why do such things exist?

    But the government has covered their compensation claims afterthe child abuse scandals

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snow View Post
    Might be that these are religious movements which can not practice their religion freely at home?
    it could be true , but still I can say religions here in Finland is just for fun ,and lots consider as cristian but they know nothing about it .
    I ppl who practice the new religions r more considering and more religious than the one who just born as a Cristian or any other religions.

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    There are always Christians, wherever you go, hahaha.
    But isn't there a thing called Finnish-Paganism?

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-bag View Post
    Immigrants have also brought to Finland a greater familiarity with Islam, for example. .
    signs of danger
    no offense

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