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Religion in the Faroe Islands

Church of Viðareiði (built 1892)
Porkeri Church (built 1847)

Religion in the Faroe Islands consists largely of the Lutheran Church of the Faroe Islands, but also includes smaller Protestant groups such as the Open Brethren and the Jehovah's Witnesses, as well as a few Catholics and adherents of non-Christian religions.

The Faroe Islands, located between Scotland and Iceland, are partly ruled by Denmark, and as such the people long practiced the same religion as the Danes although religious observance is nowadays more widespread and intense among the Faroese.


  • History 1
  • Demographics 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


The Faroe Islands became adherent to Roman concepts before around 1100, so there do appear to be some inconsistencies in the saga.

Originally belonging to Norway, Faroe fell under the jurisdiction of Denmark in 1523. The last Catholic Bishop of the Faroe Islands was Amundur Olavson; he was replaced by the first Lutheran bishop, Jens Gregersøn Riber, in 1540 .


According to the 2011 Census, there were 33,018 Christians (95.44%), 23 Muslims (0.07%), 7 Hindus (0.02%), 66 Buddhist (0.19%), 12 Jews (0.03%), 13 Baha'i (0.04%), 3 Sikh (0.01%), 149 Others (0.43%), 85 with more than one belief (0.25%) and 1,397 with no religion (4.04%).[1]

If counted separately, the charismatic movement is the third-largest religious group in the islands. Today the Catholic Church is an extremely small minority. There are also small groups of Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Ahmadi Muslims and Bahá'ís in the country.

See also


  1. ^ "CS 10.1.2 Population by religious faith, educational attainment, occupation, country of birth, year of arrival in the country and place of usual residence.". Statistics Faroe Islands. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 

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