Governance and Society

Over 50% of Faroe Islanders believe in creationism, survey finds

While the majority of people in Europe and in many other parts of the world accept evolution, the Faroe Islands lags behind.

A new survey conducted by Lóður for Kringvarp Føroya (KVF), the national broadcasting company of the Faroe Islands, found that 52% of respondents identified themselves as ”creationists” and 21% as ”evolutionists”, with 27% indicating that they simply don’t know what to believe.

532 people participated in the survey which was presented last night during the fifth episode of a KVF six-part miniseries about religious life in the Faroe Islands (Gud signi Føroyar).

According to Ipsos (2011), the “evolutionist” view is most popular in Sweden (68%), Germany (65%), and China (64%), with the United States ranking 18th out of 24 selected countries (28%), between Mexico (34%) and Russia (26%); the “creationist” view is most popular in Saudi Arabia (75%), Turkey (60%), and Indonesia (57%), with the United States ranking 6th (40%), between Brazil (47%) and Russia (34%).

The countries selected for the Ipsos-survey were: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States.

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