Austria: An increasing number of students attend Orthodox Religious Education

In Austria, an increasing number of students are attending Orthodox Religion in school, reports.

In the school year 2018/19, there were around 13,600 students at almost 1,000 locations. A year before (2017/18), there were 12,682 students at 912 locations.

By comparison, in 2012/13, only 10,003 students attended Orthodox Religion classes, while 15 years ago there were about 5,000 students.

Orthodox religious education has existed in Austria since 1991. The Orthodox Educational Authority (Orthodoxe Schulamt) was established in 2005.

In Germany, Orthodox religious education is also available in several states, including North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony. In this country, the Orthodox Christians with about two million believers are now the third largest denomination after Catholics and Protestants.

Photography courtesy of Lumina Newspaper

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