Norway's government took steps in March toward the disestablishment of its state church, the (Lutheran) Church of Norway.
It sent proposals to Parliament to be acted on in May or June, likely changing the country's constitution.
Norway would no longer prescribe that "the Evangelical Lutheran religion should remain the state's public religion," but only that the state's basis will be "our Christian and Humanist heritage," the government said.
The king would no longer appoint bishops but would still be required to "profess the Evangelical Lutheran religion."
About 3.8 million of the country's 4.9 million population are members of the Church of Norway.
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