Denmark - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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Denmark

POPULATION 5,368,854
EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 86 percent
MUSLIM 1.9 percent
OTHER 2.1 percent
NONAFFILIATED 10 percent

Denmark

Country Overview

The Danish constitution explicitly guarantees freedom of worship, and official discrimination against Nonconformist religions has been all but unknown. A state church does exist, and most Danes belong to it, but its leadership has no power to constrain individual religious practice or expression. Religious minorities do sometimes face discrimination by employers or private citizens, a serious problem especially for Muslim immigrants. Such discrimination is rooted primarily in cultural differences, however, with religion playing a minor role.

Major Religion

History

Royal support enabled Christianity to become established in Denmark in about 950 C.E. In 1536 the Evangelical Lutheran Church replaced the Roman Catholic Church as the official church in Denmark, following a two-year civil war that broke out between Catholic and Lutheran forces over the ascension of Christian III to the throne. A devout follower of...

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