Austria - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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Austria

POPULATION 8.2 million
ROMAN CATHOLIC 73.6 percent
PROTESTANT 4.7 percent
MUSLIM 4.2 percent
JEWISH 0.1 percent
NONRELIGIOUS 12.0 percent
NOT INDICATED 2.0 percent
OTHER 3.4 percent

Austria

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The Austrian constitution provides for freedom of religion, and in general there have been no violations of this right. There are 13 officially recognized religions. The status of religious organizations is governed by the 1874 Law on the Recognition of Churches and by the 1998 Law on the Status of Religious Confessional Communities, which established three legal categories: (1) officially recognized religious societies, (2) religious confessional communities, and (3) associations. Once a religious confessional community is officially recognized by the government, it has juridical standing and is granted state subsidies for religious teachers at both public and private schools.

On the holiday of Corpus Christi, the lakes of Upper Austria are the sites of colorful flower boat processions. The origins of this tradition date back to the early seventeenth century.  K.M. WESTERMANN/CORBIS. On the holiday of Corpus Christi, the lakes of Upper Austria are the sites of colorful flower boat processions. The origins of this tradition date back to the early seventeenth century. © K...

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