The Second Largest Religion by Country

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And not in the Netherlands. We are pretty f’d up when it comes to churches. We used to have a state sponsored church (Nederlands Hervormde Kerk: Dutch Reformed Chruch), but a zillion factions thought it would be necessary to split up indefinitely. There are entire denominations that have 10-30 people not because they were formed at some point, but because they split up from churches that were all rooted in the Dutch Reformed Church.

But regardless, the DRC merged into the PKN with another reformed denomination and the Dutch Evangelical-Lutheran Church. It is now the largest protestant church in the Netherlands, but it has many “kaartenbakleden” (roughly translated form/card box members: members whose papers are still in the administration of the churches because not everybody bothered with formally leaving the church).

The PKN has nearly 1.8 million members (10.8% of Dutch people, 5.6 times as many as Iceland has citizens, think about that:P), while only 850.000 members have [confirmed](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation#Protestant_views) their beliefs. They are the “hardcore”, I suppose. The other 900.000+ are either children or non-church going members, but seeing that these churches are often full with relatively old people, I wonder how that would be divided. For comparison, the DRC alone had 3 million members in 1970.

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