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Around The World: Norway Partially Separates Church And State

After 500 years of serving as the official state church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Norway was partially separated from the government on Jan. 1.

Under the new arrangement, Norway’s 1,250 priests and bishops will no longer be employees of the state who are appointed by the king and whose salaries are paid by taxes. The groundwork for the division was laid nine years ago, and is now coming to fruition.