Norway's Lutheran Church and the state of Norway are to divorce on January 1, 2017 after nearly 500 years together, the Christian Today website reports today (December 29, 2016).
The change recreates the Lutheran Church -- Norway's largest church -- as an independent legal entity.
The churchgoing rate in Norway is one of the lowest in the world at only around five percent.
Churches in Norway are funded by the state, according to the number of members they have. In November, the Catholic Church in Norway was fined for fraud and ordered to reimburse money it had claimed for using names of immigrants from Catholic countries without their permission.