English title: Church Affiliation and Trust in the State: Survey Data Evidence From Four Nordic Countries

Author(s): Isabella Kasselstrand - Mor Kandlik Eltanani -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2013


Reforms in state-church relations in the Nordic countries have been a center of academic discussion in the last few decades. Previous research has found that the bond between the Nordic states and their national churches remains strong. However, the effects of these ties on the individuals' perceptions seem to have been neglected. Utilizing the European Social Survey data, this research examines the effect of religious affiliation on trust in the state. Descriptive findings show that individuals belonging to the national churches trust the state the most and that other Protestants trust the state more than those with no religion. However, linear regression reveals that when controlling for level of religiosity, those belonging to the national churches remain the most trusting, but other Protestants exhibit the least amount of trust. We suggest that this is an indication of the distinctive position of this group, which should be researched further.

Volume: 26

Issue: 2

From page no: 103

To page no: 119

Refereed: Yes


Journal: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society

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