Catholicism in Norway is a small minority faith in a country that still has an established state Lutheran church and high levels of religious affiliation, but low levels of religious practice. Norway ranks as one of the world’s wealthiest countries, is unusually egalitarian in its values and ranks highest in the world on the U.N. Human Development Index for overall health, education and economic well-being.

A variety of forces are altering Norway’s sense of itself, and creating space for Catholic life and practice in a more multicultural society, even as immigrant Catholics and their children adapt to or struggle with cultural norms that are important to Norwegian identity.

Bergen, a small city in the northern periphery of Europe, is home to what could be the most diverse Catholic parish in the world. The historically Lutheran but now very secular city may be the last place one would expect it, but Norway’s oil wealth and generous social programs have drawn migrants from all parts of the world, and the Catholic community has grown rapidly as a result. Read more...

    Religious Affiliation
    Chart source: Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project, 2010
    Total Population
    5,353,363 1
    82.20% 1
    17.80% 1
    Immigrants as % of Population
    14.2% 2
    Level of Public Corruption
    6 (1=lowest, 176=highest corruption) 4
    Gender Equality in the Economy, Health, Education and Politics
    3 (1=most equal, 144=least equal) 5
    Fertility Rate
    1.80 births per adult woman 6
    Children Who Do Not Live to Age 5
    0.30% 6
    Life Expectancy at Birth
    82 years 6
    Internet Users
    96% 6
    Gross National Income per Capita
    US$103,630 6
    • 1 United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2018). World Urbanization Prospects: The 2018 Revision, Online Edition.
    • 2 United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Trends in International Migrant Stock: The 2015 revision.
    • 3 United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Homicide Statistics 2015.
    • 4 Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index 2016.
    • 5 World Economic Forum, The Global Gender Gap Report, 2016.
    • 6 UNICEF, State of the World's Children, 2016.

    These statistics are derived from the Vatican's official publication, Statistical Yearbook of the Church 2020 (Vatican City: Librera Editrice Vaticana, 2022). The numbers may differ from data reported by other sources on this site.

    Baptized Catholics
    Baptized Catholics as % of Total Population
    Baptisms per Year (Under age 7)
    Baptisms per Year (Over age 7)
    First Communions per Year
    Confirmations per Year
    Students Enrolled in Catholic Primary Schools
    Students Enrolled in Catholic Secondary Schools
    Church Marriages per Year
    Church Marriages in Which Both Spouses are Catholics
    Women Religious (Nuns & Sisters)
    Catholics per Priest