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heidler1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-02-08 11:22 PM
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5. Finland and Denmark are about equal on per capita alcohol consumption, but Finland is much more
Edited on Fri May-02-08 11:26 PM by heidler1
religious.
http://www.paihdelinkki.fi/Articles/111-alcohol-use-in-finland
Four decades ago alcohol consumption in Finland was among the lowest in Europe; it now ranks halfway up the list. According to statistics, alcohol consumption in Finland is on the same level with the Netherlands, Belgium and Greece, and slightly above the level of consumption in Australia, Italy, Canada, Poland, New Zealand and the US. In Sweden and Norway alcohol consumption has increased faster than in Finland, but the overall level of consumption is still considerably lower especially in Norway than in Finland. In Denmark the level of recorded alcohol consumption has been higher than that of Finland for decades. Taking into account unrecorded alcohol consumption, the total consumption in Finland, 10,5 liters of alcohol per inhabitant, is on the level with consumption in France and Denmark.



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The Helsinki Cathedral with the statue of Emperor Alexander II of Russia.Main articles: Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and Finnish Orthodox Church
Most Finns are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (82.5 percent).<1> A minority belongs to the Finnish Orthodox Church (1.1 percent) (see Eastern Orthodox Church). Other Protestant denominations and the Roman Catholic Church in Finland are significantly smaller, as are the Muslim, Jewish and other non-Christian communities (totaling 1.2 percent). 15.1 percent<2> of the population is unaffiliated. The main Lutheran and Orthodox churches are constitutional national churches of Finland with special roles in ceremonies and often in school morning prayers. Politicians to Lutheran Church assemblies are selected in church elections every four years.

Over half of Finns say they pray at least once a month, the highest proportion in Nordics.<3> However, the majority of Lutherans attend church only for special occasions like Christmas, weddings and funerals.<4>

According to the most recent Eurobarometer Poll 2005,<5>

41% of Finnish citizens responded that "they believe there is a God".
41% answered that "they believe there is some sort of spirit or life force".
16% answered that "they do not believe there is any sort of spirit, God, or life force".
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