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Are Danes religious?

The vast majority of Danes are members of folkekirken. This does not mean, however, that the Danes see themselves as very religious.

The vast majority of Danes are members of folkekirken. This does not mean, however, that the Danes see themselves as very religious.

As many as 78 percent of the Danish population are members of folkekirken (the state church). Probably relatively few Danes would define themselves as believers, but for many Danes, folkekirken offers some traditions, which they like to use and maintain, such as baptism, confirmation, wedding and funeral.

A great many Danes go to church on Christmas eve, this is a tradition for many people.

Many Danes are baptised as infants, as many as 73 percent of the population, and thereby become members of folkekirken. The vast majority are also confirmed (around 71 percent), and a majority are also buried from folkekirken.

Even though many Danes are baptised, confirmed, married and buried in/from folkekirken, this does not mean that they are very religious.

If one is to state something general about the Danes' religiousness, it is that it is very personal and individual. Religion is not something the Danes talk about a lot. But several believe in something or other, and it is not a problem mixing a bit from different religions. Spirituality is widespread in Denmark.

Read more about folkekirken and membership at Can everybody use folkekirken?