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Church, State, and Democracy in Expanding Europe$
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Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195337105

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337105.001.0001

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Estonia

Estonia

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(p.51) 4 Estonia
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Church, State, and Democracy in Expanding Europe
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Lavinia Stan

Lucian Turcescu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337105.003.0004

A country with significant Lutheran, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox communities, Estonia remains the most secular Baltic state, and one of the least religious new EU member states. The local Orthodox Church, whose members are mostly Russian-speakers, remains split between the Moscow and Constantinople Patriarchates. Estonia is also the only Baltic country where registration of religious denominations depends on the Ministry of Interior, and where the ten main officially recognized Christian churches are organized in a Council of Churches that negotiates with the state on relevant religious matters.

Keywords:   Estonia, secularization, religious denominations, state control, Orthodox Church, Christian churches

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