Finland - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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Finland

POPULATION 5,183,545
EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 84.9 percent
ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN 1.1 percent
PENTECOSTAL 1 percent
OTHER 1.1 percent
NONAFFILIATED 11.9 percent

Finland

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Until passage of the Dissenters Act of 1889, the two national churches in Finland—the Lutheran and the Orthodox—were the only approved religious institutions in the country. The 1889 law allowed Protestant dissenters—most significantly, the Baptists and Methodists—to organize into religious communities. Complete religious freedom was introduced with the Freedom of Religion Act of 1922, which took effect in 1923. This law secured the rights to form religious communities, to practice any religion publicly as long as no laws or public standards of decency were violated, and to have no religion at all. Although Finland became religiously neutral with this amendment to its constitution, the Lutheran Church and the Orthodox Church remained in their positions as the two national churches, retaining their special relationship with the Finnish state...

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