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International – Iceland’s dire need

March 2016

No Icelanders under the age of 25 believe that God made the universe, research has claimed.

According to a report in The Independent, a poll commissioned by the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association, claimed that 93.9 per cent in the under 25 category believe the universe was created by the Big Bang. Just over 6 per cent responded with ‘don’t know’ or ‘other’.

The findings were originally published in the Iceland magazine, which added that the poll showed younger people and inhabitants of Reykjavík were the least religious.

According to the magazine, ‘80.6 per cent of those older than 55 identified as Christian, and only 11.8 per cent said they were atheists’. Some 40.5 per cent of people who were 25 years or younger, said they were atheist, and only 42 per cent said they were Christian.

The poll comes, amid reports that an Icelandic association called Asatruarfelagio promoting faith in the Norse gods — such as Odin, Thor and Frigg — and headed by a high priest, has received government permission to construct the first temple for their worship for 1,000 years.

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