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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Protestant

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Protestant (incl. Anglican, Pentecostal) (78.6%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 yes [Section 4]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Section 67]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Section 70]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1953
Last Amended3 (n/a)
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 July 31, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Section 4.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church shall be the Established Church of Denmark, and) as such, it shall be supported by the State.

Section 6.

The King shall be a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Section 66.

The constitution of the Established Church shall be laid down by Statute.

Section 67.

The citizens shall be entitled to form congregations for the worship of God in a manner consistent with their convictions, provided that nothing at variance with good morals or public order shall be taught or done.

Section 68.

No one shall be liable to make personal contributions to any denomination other than the one to which he adheres.

Section 69.

Rules for religious bodies dissenting from the Established Church shall be laid down by Statute.

Section 70.

No person shall for reasons of his creed … be deprived of access to complete enjoyment of his civic and political rights, nor shall he for such reasons evade compliance with any common civic duty.

Section 71

(1) … No Danish subject shall in any manner whatever be deprived of his liberty because of his … religious convictions


Sources

1.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Government Religious Preference (GRP) measures government-level favoritism toward, and disfavor against, 30 religious denominations. A series of ordered categorical variables index the state's institutional favoritism in 28 different ways. The variables are combined to form five composite indices for five broad components of state-religion: official status, religious education, financial support, regulatory burdens, and freedom of practice. The five components' composites in turn are further combined into a single composite score, the GRP score. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

2.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports annual estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivisions within Christianity and Islam. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

3.  Text from country constitutions was copied from primary documents obtained online using a variety of sources, including the Constitute Project, World Constitutions Illustrated, and government sources. When the text was in a language other than English, it was translated to English by ARDA staff or with web-based translation utilities such as Google Translate. Emphases were added to the text by ARDA staff to differentiate religious content from non-religious content. Text is current to the date listed in the "Current as of" field shown above. Please contact us at support@thearda.com if you are aware of any incorrect information provided on this page.

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