For First Time in History, Atheism Overtakes Religious Faith in Norway

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For the first time in its recorded history, the number of Norwegians who say they do not believe in God has topped the number of those who do believe, with atheism reaching a national record well up in the double digits.

But a new annual survey carried out by Ipsos MORI for Norwegian Monitor, an annual social-cultural study, revealed that those replying “no” or “don’t know” to the question “Do you believe in God?” now comfortably outnumber those who say “yes.”

The poll, answered by 4,000 Norwegians, showed that outright atheists—who simply do not believe in God—now number 39 percent said of the population, compared to 37 percent of believers, and a remaining 23 percent saying they do not know.

The annual survey was first conducted in 1985, and at the time half of respondents said they believed, while only some 20 percent said they did not.

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Ask in 50 years and the answer might be Allah

For the first time in its recorded history, the number of Norwegians who say they do not believe in God has topped the number of those who do believe, with atheism reaching a national record well up in the double digits.

But a new annual survey carried out by Ipsos MORI for Norwegian Monitor, an annual social-cultural study, revealed that those replying “no” or “don’t know” to the question “Do you believe in God?” now comfortably outnumber those who say “yes.”

The poll, answered by 4,000 Norwegians, showed that outright atheists—who simply do not believe in God—now number 39 percent said of the population, compared to 37 percent of believers, and a remaining 23 percent saying they do not know.

The annual survey was first conducted in 1985, and at the time half of respondents said they believed, while only some 20 percent said they did not.

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