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Religious participation

Religious participation in Austria is a topic that involves both sociological and juridical perspectives.
Austria guarantees religious freedom and prohibits religious discrimination. Nonetheless, Christianity, particularly Roman Catholicism, continues to be the predominant religion in Austria. From a sociological perspective, some relevant questions to consider might include how religious participation varies across different regions and demographic groups in Austria, how religion shapes social norms and values in Austrian society, and how religious beliefs and practices influence individual behaviour and decision-making. However, data on these questions is limited (see section “Religious Practice”).

From a juridical perspective, some relevant questions to consider might include how Austria’s legal framework protects religious freedom and prevents religious discrimination, what the benefits and limitations of recognising certain religious groups as qualified partners are, and how Austria balances the rights of religious groups with the need to maintain a secular government and society (see section “Legal Framework”).

It is important to consider these perspectives to gain a comprehensive understanding of the situation of religious participation in Austria.

D 6 September 2023    ARobert Wurzrainer

CNRS Unistra Dres Gsrl

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