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Norway to separate church and state

11:31 pm - 05/14/2012
All parties stand united when the Norwegian constitution is changed, so that the state will no longer be a part of the Norwegian church. The amendment is to be presented Tuesday.

The amendment which will be passed later in May, historically changes the state's relationship with the church. Parliament will no longer appoint deans and bishops, and Norway will no longer have one offical state religion.

This is historic both for the Norwegian Church and for the politicians in Parliament, says Svein Harberg who has been the spokesman and mayor of the Church, Education and Research Committee.

The Committee will put forward the amendment on Tuesday, which establishes that what we have previously known as the "state church" from now on will have a role as an open, inclusive and democratic people's church.

But apart from this clear mission, the Norwegian Church will be changed to become a religious community equal on line with all other faiths, said Harberg.

All parties in Parliament is behind the setting presented Tuesday.

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schexyschteve 15th-May-2012 02:02 am (UTC)
brb, moving to Norway.
bnmc2005 15th-May-2012 02:22 am (UTC)
Hu, I wonder what that is like.
schmutzigs 15th-May-2012 07:26 am (UTC)
woooohooo one down!
seruya 15th-May-2012 11:05 am (UTC)
One big round of applause!
its_anya 15th-May-2012 11:59 am (UTC)
UK, please look to the northeast and see what you should be doing.
anjak_j 15th-May-2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
If only more countries would officially separate church and state in such a manner...
smirk_dog 17th-May-2012 12:41 am (UTC)
Norway, flawless as usual.
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