Buddhism Growing But Virtually Invisible to Most Citizens

November 4, 2004

Source: The Copenhagen Post


On November 4, 2004 The Copenhagen Post reported, "In just 25 years, the number of Buddhists in Denmark has risen from 2,000 to 17,000-18,000. Despite its increasingly popularity, Buddhists are virtually invisible to many Danes After winning over more than 400 million adherents around the world, Buddhism is now gaining a foothold in Danish society. Just 25 years ago, the Asian religion had some 2,000 practitioners in Denmark. But a new Århus University study has put the number of Danish Buddhists today at 17-18,000 - outnumbering Jews, Jehovah's Witnesses and Hindus. 'Buddhism has, in a sense, had its big breakthrough in Denmark. The primary reason is that many Vietnamese immigrants and imported Thai wives have settled here over the past 20 years, started families and founded temples in several Danish cities. A number of Danes have been inspired by Buddhism or formally converted,' Århus University Professor Jørn Borup told daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten."