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Regional Demographic Differences: the Effect of Laestadians

TERAMA, E; (2010) Regional Demographic Differences: the Effect of Laestadians. Finnish Yearbook of Population Research , XLV 123 - 141. Green and gold open access

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Abstract

Laestadianism, a conservative revival movement inside the Lutheran church, has an estimated 100,000 followers in Finland. Laestadians have characteristics differing from the followers of the mainstream state church in areas such as religious activity, regional concentration, fertility and family planning, but these are generally not quantified due to lack of easily accessible data. This study highlights the importance of including location and religiosity, and not only religious affiliation in the study of fertility behaviour. The research uses statistical tools to study the correlations between such variables as religious density and total fertility rate. It is found that on the regional level, the total fertility rate and the increasing number of small children in the family is positively associated with the proportion of Laestadians. The regional variation of religiousness, and the subsequent effects on population structure and socioeconomics are discussed.

Type:Article
Title:Regional Demographic Differences: the Effect of Laestadians
Open access status:An open access publication. A version is also available from UCL Discovery.
Publisher version:http://www.vaestoliitto.fi/tieto_ja_tutkimus/vaestontutkimuslaitos/julkaisut/finnish_yearbook_of_population_r/
Language:English
Additional information:Full text made available here with permission from the publisher
Keywords:Laestadians, Religiosity, High fertility population, Minority
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science

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