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Youth And Religion In Finland

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This chapter is about youth and religion in Finland. It presents how young Finns, in general, differ from older generations. The chapter analyses the changes in religiosity during teenage years. One distinctive feature of youth and religion in Finland is that almost 90 percent of young Finns attend Church confirmation training and are typically confirmed at the age of 15. This is a very popular form of activity among the young people and often regarded as a part of youth culture. It also analyses the meaning of this confirmation period in the religious lives of young people. The chapter describes young people's relation to the Church and its faith in general and in relation to other forms of religiosity or spirituality. Finally, it explains the changes in religious upbringing which may be one factor explaining possible changes in religiosity.

Keywords: Finnish teenagers; God; religion in Finland; young Finns



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