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Danish religion – in a comparative, sociological perspective

Danish religion – in a comparative, sociological perspective

Ole Riis, professor emeritus at Aalborg University and at the University of Agder (Norway).


19.02.2020 kl. 16.00 - 17.30


The Danish status of religion is seemingly contradictory with a state-supported church and religious freedom – simultaneously. The Danes are described as ‘belonging without believing’. Rather, beliefs are regarded as deeply personal. The Danes are, typically, open-minded and skeptical. Denmark has been described as a case of secularization, due to modernization, even of a god-less society. But the data rather point to skepticism and spiritual change. In a comparative perspective, Denmark forms a special case (with Scandinavia). Religion is more influential in Southern Europe and especially in North America. Religion is also re-emerging in global society. Therefore, we need to discuss what is wrong with the view on modernization which assumes the marginalization of religion.




Studenterpræsterne Aalborg


Studenterhuset, Gl. Torv 10 (room 314).