Hinduism in Norway

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Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1998 864 —    
1999 293 −66.1%
2000 1,303 +344.7%
2001 2,443 +87.5%
2002 2,734 +11.9%
2003 2,926 +7.0%
2005 3,769 +28.8%
2006 3,669 −2.7%
Year Pop. ±%
2007 4,098 +11.7%
2008 4,566 +11.4%
2009 5,238 +14.7%
2010 5,175 −1.2%
2011 5,858 +13.2%
2012 5,690 −2.9%
2013 6,797 +19.5%
2014 7,382 +8.6%
Source: 1998 to 2000- [1]

2001 to 2003- [2] 2004 to 2012- [3]

2013 to 2014- [4]

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In Norway 0.145% of the total population (or about 7,300 people as of 2014) are Hindus. Most of these Hindus are from South Asian descent with the majority(around 75%) of those being Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka.

Year Hindus Percent
2000 1,303 0.02%
2002 2,734 -
2006 3,669 -
2008 4,566 -
2010 5,175 0.10%
2012 5,690 0.12%
2014 7,382 0.14%

Ethnic Background of Hindus in Norway[edit]

Diaspora Hindus in Norway include Tamil Families, Punjabi families, U.P families, Gujaratis and Bengalis.

Among the Sri Lankan Tamils, Hindus constituted a large number, around 5000-7000 persons.


Hindu Associations in Norway[edit]

  • Sanatan Mandir Sabha is a Hindu religious association in eastern Norway with around 900 members.
  • The Sanatan Mandir Sabha SMS was registered on April 14, 1988.[5]
  • Gujaratis had formed a Gujarati cultural association in the Oslo area.[6]
  • Tamil Cultural center for children who were born in or who have immigrated to Norway exists in Norway. This center has the following activities: 1) Teaching Tamil, 2) Teaching religion (Hinduism and Christianity), 3) Promoting drama, dance, music and sports.[7]


Hindus Temples in Norway[edit]

There are currently 5 Hindu Temples in Norway.[8]

  • Hindu Sanatan Mandir Temple is located in Drammen. (link to there website www.drammenmandir.com)
  • Sanatan Mandir Sabha Temple is located at Slemmestad, outside of Oslo.
  • The Sivasubramanayr Alaym(also known as the Norwegian Hindu Centre) in Ammerud.(in Oslo)
  • The Bergen Hindu Sabha in Danmarksplass.(in Bergen)
  • Sri Tiller Ganesha Temple in Trondheim

Hindu Festivals in Norway[edit]

Most major Hindu festivals such as Diwali are celebrated annually in Norway.

Hindus in Norway, mainly Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka, celebrate the 12-day annual temple festival, the Mahotsav of which processions is the main feature. It is the main annual ritual gathering of the Tamil Hindus in Norway.[citation needed]

For the 2015 Holi festival in Oslo, there will be Sniti Mishra performing a live concert. The festival, due to take place on 21 March 2015, is organized annually by the Norway branch of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.[9]

Hindu Organisations in Norway[edit]

Vishwa Hindu Parishad is registered in Norway.

ISKCON has a Centre in Norway Address- Oslo, Norway, Jonsrudvej 1G, 0274, Oslode presence.

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