One in five churches in the Netherlands are no longer used for religious purposes 

epa06083772 Sunflowers being installed in front of the Sint Vitus Church, in memory of the MH17 disaster, Hilversum, The Netherlands, 12 July 2017. All 298 people onboard flight MH17 died, including fifteen residents of Hilversum when the plane was allegedly shot down over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014. EPA/Robin van Lonkhuijsen

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One in five churches in the Netherlands are no longer used as a place of worship and most have been turned into homes or cultural centres, according to research by Trouw.

The Netherlands has some 6,900 churches but 1,400 have been given another function over the years. It is now being predicted that more churches to be de-consecrated in the coming years as the population ages.

Last year, national statistics office CBS rreported that for the first time the number of people identifying with a religious faith dropped below 50%.

Roman Catholics remain the largest religious group, comprising 24% of the population, while 6% of Dutch people identified as Protestant and 5% as Muslim.


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