Area: 323,878 sq km
A long, mountainous fjordindented land. One of the four Scandinavian countries. Also included are the Arctic dependencies of Jan Mayen and Svalbard (Spitzbergen) Islands 62,000 sq km.
Population: 4,855,315 Annual Growth: 0.93%
Official language: Norwegian (Bokmal and Nynorsk) Languages: 20 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The state church of Norway, Lutheranism, is a rarity in that many of its leaders are soundly evangelical and stand firm on many theological and moral issues. Praise God for this positive influence in the Church and nation.
The Lutheran Church, while a pillar of society and the most evangelical of all state churches in Europe, faces challenges nonetheless. It has, in the past, seen revivals, prayer and mission houses and many mission and volunteer agencies formed. But today it faces the same pluralistic challenge as other European societies as well as an internal battle over homosexuality. Pray for new revival and for a deep commitment to biblical faith and practice.
For an additional 5 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Norway.