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No Christening for One in Five Finnish Babies

A total of 79 percent of babies born in Finland last year were christened, according to the newspaper Turun Sanomat.

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According to the report, the figure has fallen below the 80 percent mark for the first time in the history of the Lutheran church. The fall in christenings within the Helsinki area has been even more significant.

In the 1980s more than 90 percent of babies born in Finland were christened, and the figure remained over 88 percent during the 1990s. However numbers have fallen sharply over the last decade.

The biggest decrease has been in the Helsinki region, where of the babies born last year just over half were christened.This means that the figure within the capital has dropped by 18 percent over the last ten years.

Turun Sanomat says that one reason for this sharp decline could be the increase in immigration figures within the country.

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