World Religions Religions in Germany
Christians in Germany
Church membership in the population of the new (formerly East German) states is about 25 percent. In cities such as Leipzig, the figure is as low as 5 percent. With a combined total of more than 50 million members, the two churches still rank among the country's largest institutions.
|Orthodox Christians and Eastern Orthodox churches||1,400|
*members in thousands (2005)
Source: Conference of German Bishops, Protestant Church of Germany, Remid
Both churches are faced with increasing financial woes and being forced to impose spending cuts, reduce staff, divest property and even - as in the case of Berlin, Hamburg and the diocese of Aachen - sell or tear down churches.
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