|Lutheran Church of Finland 83%||Lutheran Church Attendance Weekly 3%|
|No Professed Religion 16%||Evangelical Affiliation 12%|
The Republic of Finland is a Nordic country located in Northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden to the west, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east. The population of Finland is approximately 5.3 million, with the majority living in the southernmost regions. Finland is the eighth largest country in Europe in terms of geographic area, while at the same time, the most sparsely populated country in the European Union. Finland is governed by a parliamentary republic, with its central government located in the capital of Helsinki. About one million residents live in the Greater Helsinki area, where one third of the country's GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is produced. Other larger cities include Tampere, Turku, Oulu, Jyväskylä, Lahti, and Kuopio. Finland’s per-capita income is over $49,000, making it one of the wealthiest nations in the world. It is considered by many to have the best educational system in Europe and has been ranked as one of the world’s most peaceful countries. It has the reputation of offering the highest quality of life in the world. Newsweek magazine declared Finland to be “the best country in the world.”
Despite Finland’s apparent prosperity, it is entrenched in humanism, secularism, and materialism. The Evangelical Lutheran Church, which is recognized as a national church, is entrenched in liberalism and traditionalism. Only three percent of all Lutherans attend weekly services. Twelve percent of the population claims some affiliation with Evangelicalism, but this number is in decline. Islam and marginal sects are the fastest growing religious movements in Finland.
Sources: Wikipedia and Operation World
Evangelist / Church Planter - Northern Ostrobotnia, Finland
Kyle, a Northern Irish man, Evangelist. Church planter, living and ministering in the rural farming communities of Northern Ostrobotnia, on the east coast of ... read more