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Christian Parties in Scandinavian countries

Štefica Deren Antoljak ; Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Puni tekst: hrvatski, pdf (2 MB) str. 79-93 preuzimanja: 159* citiraj
APA 6th Edition
Deren Antoljak, Š. (1994). Kršćanske stranke u nordijskim zemljama. Politička misao, 31 (4), 79-93. Preuzeto s
MLA 8th Edition
Deren Antoljak, Štefica. "Kršćanske stranke u nordijskim zemljama." Politička misao, vol. 31, br. 4, 1994, str. 79-93. Citirano 18.02.2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Deren Antoljak, Štefica. "Kršćanske stranke u nordijskim zemljama." Politička misao 31, br. 4 (1994): 79-93.
Deren Antoljak, Š. (1994). 'Kršćanske stranke u nordijskim zemljama', Politička misao, 31(4), str. 79-93. Preuzeto s: (Datum pristupa: 18.02.2020.)
Deren Antoljak Š. Kršćanske stranke u nordijskim zemljama. Politička misao [Internet]. 1994 [pristupljeno 18.02.2020.];31(4):79-93. Dostupno na:
Š. Deren Antoljak, "Kršćanske stranke u nordijskim zemljama", Politička misao, vol.31, br. 4, str. 79-93, 1994. [Online]. Dostupno na: [Citirano: 18.02.2020.]

The paper highlights the remarkable religious homogenity and the much evolved secularization of Scandinavian societies as the distinguishing features of these countries. These traits explain why Christian parties in northern Europe have remained relatively minor as compared to their counterparts in other European countries.
Christian parties (except, perhaps in Norway) are of a rather recent date in Scandinavian countries (in 1933 in Norway, in 1958 in Finland, in 1964 in Sweden and 1970 in Denmark) and have not shaped nor deeply influenced the development of Scandinavian democracy as a political system or a lifestyle. Christian parties in Scandinavia emerged at the time when the democratic sytems of these countries had already developed and the electorate had already struck in with one party or another.
The author claims that Christian parties in Scandinavian countries came into being as a sort of moral and ethic protest at the time of a rapid cultural secularization, the role they have more or less retained up to now. The emergence of these parties went somewhat against the grain. First, they emerged in religiously homogenous and conflict-free societies. Second, despite the fact that almost 90 percent of these populations belongs to the Lutheran state church, their support for Christian parties has been relatively low. Although minor in the numbers of votes they get, the role of Christian parties in the political life of these countries is far from negligible, which has been corroborated by their inclusion as partners in the coalition governments (today in Denmark, Finland and Sweden, and formerly in Norway).

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