Friday, March 20, 2009

Denmark and Sweden without God

Anyone who has paid attention knows that Denmark and Sweden are among the least religious nations in the world. Polls asking about belief in God, the importance of religion in people’s lives, belief in life after death or church attendance consistently bear this out.

It is also well known that in various rankings of nations by life expectancy, child welfare, literacy, schooling, economic equality, standard of living and competitiveness, Denmark and Sweden stand in the first tier.

“In Denmark,” a pastor told Mr. Zuckerman, “the word ‘God’ is one of the most embarrassing words you can say. You would rather go naked through the city than talk about God.”

New York Times Scandinavian Nonbelievers, Which Is Not to Say Atheists

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's nice to know that there's a couple sane places left on Earth.

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