A. THE COUNTRY
The Kingdom of Norway, in Northern Europe, is a long mountainous
fjord-indented land. It is one of four Scandinavian countries and
includes the Arctic dependencies of Jan Mayen and Svalbard. The
government is a parliamentary democracy under constitutional monarchy,
and the country is not a member of the EU. Norway is a strong and
wealthy industrial state with high earnings from oil, mining, fishing,
forest products and high-tech industries. The terrorist attack in the
capital city, July 2011, rocked this country rated the most peaceful
country in the world in a 2007 survey by Global Peace Index.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~4,856,000 and the official language Norwegian.
~92.6% are Indigenous (Norwegian, Sami, Romani), ~7.4% Foreign-origin
(European, Asian, African). Immigrant minorities continue to increase
rapidly and are concentrated in and around Oslo.
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
Lutheranism is the state church, but there is complete freedom for other
denominations and religions. Norwegians of the non-Christian persuasion
and majority of adherents to other religions reside in Oslo and the
~91.08% claim to be Christian, ~6.1% Non-religious, ~1.9% Muslim, ~0.7%
Other, ~0.15% Buddhist, ~0.04% Jewish, ~0.03% Baha’i.
In the Christian category:
~85.8% are Protestant, ~7% Unaffiliated, ~1.66% Independent, ~1.09%
Catholic, ~0.15% Orthodox, ~0.02% Anglican.
Evangelicals represent ~8.4% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~4.4% and of those ~1.8% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.