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Scandinavia's New Religion: Multiculturalism
During recent travel to Scandinavia after a six year absence, the take-away now is even more pronounced: Christianity is a diminishing reality and the new faith that has arisen is multiculturalism. It may be more evident in Sweden than in Norway or Finland, but nevertheless, it is found everywhere. As you watch the morning commuter trains unload, four -- if not five -- out of every ten non-tourist passengers appear to be non-native. A significant number of the city's bus drivers in Oslo are Africans. Many of the uniformed personnel in Sweden and Norway appear to be of Middle Eastern origin.
The North Sea oil, which brought enormous wealth to Norway, changed the habits of the once hard-working Norwegians. The young people in this geographically gorgeous country have been spoiled by instantaneous wealth. Immigrants from South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America are employed in the service industries in Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Helsinki.
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