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.