Survey: Muslims in Norway are more religious than Christians
More people who identify as Muslims in Norway say they believe in God compared to those who identify as Christians.
This is revealed in a survey carried out by the Institute for Church, Religion and Worldview Research (KIFO).
71 per cent of the respondents with a Muslim affiliation say that they completely agree with the statement: "I believe that God really exists, and I have no doubts about that."
Only 15 per cent of Christians say the same, newspaper Vårt Land writes.
In the majority population, 11 per cent say they agree with this statement.
One in two Muslims pray daily
Another finding is that 46 per cent of Norwegian Muslims say they pray at least once a day.
“Norwegian Muslims are on average somewhat more religious than Norwegian Christians. But this must be seen in the context of the fact that many Norwegian Christians are not particularly religious,” Tore W. Rafoss, researcher at KIFO, says.
Somewhat more conservative
In addition to the fact that Muslims appear to be considerably ‘more religious’, the survey indicates that Muslims are, on average, somewhat more conservative in matters of values, Rafoss says.
The survey was sent to Norwegians who have immigrated from the following countries, or have parents with a background from these countries: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Iran, Kosovo, Morocco, Pakistan, Somalia and Turkey.
The survey was carried out in March 2022 by Kantar on behalf of KIFO, with around 800 respondents with a Muslim background.
Translated by Alette Bjordal Gjellesvik.