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Denmark frequently wins the top ranking in cross-national studies of happiness. However, only about a quarter of Danes identify as Christians.

 

In Copenhagen on “Good Hope Road”, there is a little office that exists just to give hope. Hope to the nations of the world. This is where you can find OM Denmark. Welcome into this former Christian bookshop, sit down and have a Danish pastry and some black coffee. Meet the Danish team, learn about their hard work, visions and challenges.

 

OM Denmark is the home office for Denmark, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland.

 

Short facts about Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greenland, & Iceland

 

DENMARK

5.2 million inhabitants
“Christian” country but only a few percent go to church.

 

FAROE ISLANDS

An archipelago of 18 islands between Iceland and Scotland.
The population is 48 000.
More believers than in Denmark; around 28 % are evangelicals.

 

GREENLAND

Closest neighbours are Canada and Iceland, but it belongs to Denmark.
In this vast area there are only 55 000 inhabitants, most of them Inuits, but also people from Denmark, Faroe islands, and some from other Scandinavian countries and USA.
The country has been Christian since the 18th century, but there are very few believers.

 

ICELAND

A nominally Christian country with about 280 000 inhabitants.
The number of evangelical believers are around 9000 but growing, as is the vision for mission.

(All figures taken from Operation World)

DENMARK
Frequently asked questions to the Danish Field Leader:

 

How many Danish OMers are there? 
OM Denmark has right now 19 people sent out. They work on the ships, at LUKE and in the Middle East. The OM office has three volunteers working part-time with finance and the website, and I am the only full time employee doing “everything else”. I am also involved in the “Next ship project”, the preparation for the ship that will replace Logos II.

 

Since the end of the 60’s, around 500 Danes have been sent out with OM. Before 1990 they were sent out by the Swedish OM office.

 

Why is it so difficult to get finances for OMs work in Denmark, such a rich country? 

One reason is the high support that is needed,” says Bitten. “The standard of living and the taxes are high. Also, the thought of personal support is not so known in Denmark. The tradition is that churches give money to mission societies, that employ missionaries and give them a salary. It’s hard for many to accept that you both put in your time and effort, and then also have to raise support.

 

Facts about Denmark
Population:
5,894,687 (July 2021 est.)
Language:
Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic (an Inuit dialect), German (small minority)
Religion:
Evangelical Lutheran (official) 74.7%, Muslim 5.5%, other/none/unspecified (denominations of less than 1% each in descending order of size include Roman Catholic, Jehovah's Witness, Serbian Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Baptist, Buddhist, Mormon, Pentecostal, and nondenominational Christian) 19.8% (2019 est.)
Economic Overview:
This thoroughly modern market economy features advanced industry with world-leading firms in pharmaceuticals, maritime shipping, and renewable energy, and a high-tech agricultural sector. Danes enjoy a high standard of living, and the Danish economy is characterized by extensive government welfare measures and an equitable distribution of income. An aging population will be a long-term issue.
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