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Recognition of religion or belief in Denmark

According to the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Kingdom of Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland) are classified receptive.

Recognition of religion or belief in Denmark


  • State denomination is the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Denmark.

  • A structure of vertical recognition exists whereby opportunities for recognition for all non-ELC entities are reduced to legal registration only rather than existential recognition.

  • The claim of equally treatment of the ELC, pre-1970 registered entities, and post-1970 registered should be monitored.

  • Distinction is made between a religious community and a congregation which suggests again the existence of vertical recognition.

  • A lack of provisions exist for existential recognition.

  • Percolative recognition is in effect for both Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Positive elements:

  • Provisions are set in place to protect against hate speech, both from clergy and citizens.


  • Establish sufficient provisions for existential recognition, not just legal registration.

  • In order to receive dynamic classification, Denmark would need to establish a recognition agency to manage religious recognition and registration in the country that is independent of government.

  • Remove laws and stipulations that violate elements of the Durham principles.

  • Revoke membership quotas.

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