Population: About 80 million people.
Religious freedom guaranteed in the constitution. The Catholic and Lutheran Churches are established churches but not formally state churches as such. They collaborate with the government in religious education, media and such and benefit from state-levied taxation on their behalf.The high Christian numbers below are often those only nominally affiliated and who have not opted out of this taxation system.There is increased awareness of other religious options but also increasing suspicion of much of organized religion. Post-9/11, there is a great public interest in the Christian way as an alternative and counterbalance to Islam. Evangelicals are much more prominent than ever before in media and politics.