Norway amended its constitution May 21, granting the 3.9-million member (Lutheran) Church of Norway increased autonomy and changing church laws that date to the 16th century.
Lutheranism is no longer the official religion in Norway. Bishops are now appointed by the church's board of the National Council instead of the king or the government. And the constitution now states that the country's values are based on its Christian and humanist heritage. Not all ties were abolished.
The government will still fund the Church of Norway, as well as other faith-based institutions. And all clergy remain civil servants (state employees).
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