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The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark (the church of Denmark or the people's church of Denmark) (Danish:Den Danske Folkekirke) is a state church and is the largest Christian church in Denmark. It is officially supported by the government. The Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs is the highest administrative authority in the Church. The current Minister is Bertel Haarder. The Danish parliament ("Folketinget") is the supreme legislative authority for the church. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2114x1560, 303 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Søllerød ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2114x1560, 303 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Søllerød ... See also civil religion. ... A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ whom they believe is the saviour of the world. ... Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs of Denmark (Danish: kirkeminister) is a Danish political minister office. ... Bertel Haarder Bertel Geismar Haarder (born September 7, 1944) is a Danish politician and currently the Education Minister in the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen II. He represents Venstre, the Danish liberal party. ... States currently utilizing parliamentary systems are denoted in orange and red—the former being constitutional monarchies where authority is vested in a parliament, and the latter being parliamentary republics whose parliaments are effectively supreme over a separate head of state. ...



According to official statistics from January 2002, 84.3% of Danes are members of the state church, although less than 5% of their members attend weekly services. The Church of Denmark is a Lutheran body. Church life is organized in 12 dioceses and around 2,000 parishes. The Lutheran movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity by the original definition. ...

Church tax

All Danes that are baptised in the Danish Lutheran Church automatically become members of the Lutheran Church of Denmark ("Folkekirken"). All other religious groups and denominations, including other Lutheran bodies, do not automatically become members of the Lutheran Church of Denmark, they have to active seek application for it. It is not possible to be a member of two or more religious groups or denominations in Denmark.

From the time a Dane starts paying taxes to the Danish government, all who are members of the Lutheran Church of Denmark also automatically start to pay church tax. Depending on municipality, this is between 0.42 and 1.51 per cent of the taxes. In chapter VII, ยง68 of the Constitution of Denmark it says that no man is obliged to support any other religion than his own, thus church tax in Denmark is not compulsory, but a choice. The National Constitutional Assembly (painting by Constantin Hansen) The Constitutional Act of the Kingdom of Denmark (Danish: Danmarks Riges Grundlov) was introduced on June 5, 1849 and effectively put an end to the absolute monarchy which had lasted since 1660-61. ...

This automatic appliance of church taxes to members of the Lutheran Church of Denmark has been a constant debate in Denmark for years which surfaces ever so often. While the choice of not having to pay church taxes is as easy as a phone call to the local church office in the municipality one lives in, many people feel that it should be the other way around. You should have to actively seek to pay church taxes, not to avoid paying them. On ceasing payment of church taxes one also ceases to be a member of the Lutheran Church of Denmark.


  • Members of the Church (in danish)
  • Church tax (in danish)
  • Out of the State church, by familieadvokaten.dk(in danish)
  • Constitution of Denmark 1953 (in danish)

External links

  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark



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