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Where Seventh-day Adventists Are Not Yet: Europe

By Edited Jul 17, 2015 1 0

Countries with no Seventh-day Adventist Presence In Europe

Europe

Aland Islands:  An autonomous region in Finland, the Aland Islands are culturally distinct from the mother country and nearly independent. In 2009, 90.2% inhabitants speak Swedish (the sole official language) as their first language even though the Aland Islands are Finnish.  Only 5.0% speak Finnish as their first language.  Population of 27,600 with a reported 94.8% belonging to the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Doubtful that most are practicing Lutherans, but there is little room for other faiths in this small society with restrictive immigration policies.

Andorra A small co-principality in the eastern Pyrenees mountains between Spain and France, with just 84,000 people living in the valley's covering only 468 km2 (181 sq mi), the country is a tax and tourist haven.  Many of the 10 million visitors could do missionary work but most are looking for duty free goods or hanging out in the massive spa complex. 

Andorrans are primarily Roman Catholic (90%) and see Our Lady of Meritxell as their patron saint.  Catholicism is not an official state religion but the Andorran constitution acknowledges a special relationship with the Catholic Church and gives some special privileges to Catholics.

Other Christian denominations have penetrated the small communities of Andorra including the Anglican Church, the Reunification Church, the New Apostolic Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Non-Christians reportedly include a small community of Hindus and Bahá'ís.  North African immigrants constitute a small Muslim community and Andorra also hosts a population of roughly 100 Jews.  Like much of Europe, many people are really secular or post-modern.

Gibraltar: The famous rock juts out into the entrance of the Mediterranean at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula and remains a strategic remnant of the once vast British Empire.  A peninsula with an area of 6.843 square kilometres (2.642 sq mi) featuring the massive Rock, it has a northern border with Andalusia, Spain.  The livable areas are a densely populated city home to 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities.

Up to 90% or so of residents are Christians with the balance Muslims, Hindus, Baha'i and Jewish. 78% of Gibraltarians claim allegiance to the Roman Catholic Church.  Other Christian denominations include the Church of England (7%),  the Gibraltar Methodist Church, Church of Scotland, various Pentecostal and independent churches, and two Plymouth Brethren congregations. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Jehovah's Witnesses are both represented as well.

Holy See/Vatican:  Seat of the Roman Catholic Church, the Holy See is based in the Vatican City.  Obviously prostilization of the few hundred citizens and residents would not lead to much success for other faiths.  

Guernsey: A crown dependency of the British Monarch, Guernsey has a population of 65,000 people who mainly speak English.  The main faiths are Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist, Congregational, and Methodist.

Jersey:  Like it's sister bailiwick of Guernsey, Jersey sits in the English Channel.  It has a population of 92,500 people who mostly speak English and the established church is the Church of England. In the countryside, Methodism is practiced as well. A minority of Roman Catholics can also be found in Jersey and they operate several schools.

Isle of Man:  Located between Ireland and Scotland, Man is another Crown Dependency that is closely tied to the United Kingdom.  The 80,000 people are ethnically Man or other British.

The ancient Christian Church of the island of Man is today part of the Church of England with a diocese reporting unbroken history from 1154 to the present day. As with all ancient Anglican churches, the diocese was, prior to the Reformation, part of the Roman Catholic Church. In the interim the diocese has been part of the national churches of Norway, Scotland, and England and has been influenced by Irish religious tradition. 

Other Christian churches also operate on the Isle of Man. The second largest denomination is the Methodist Church, which is close in size to the Anglican diocese. There are eight Roman Catholic parish churches, five Baptist churches, four Pentecostal churches, the Salvation Army, one Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, two United Reformed churches, as well as other Christian churches. There is a small Muslim community and aa small Jewish community.

Liechtenstein:  The 536,010 people in this tiny 160 sq. km Alpine country enjoy the highest standard of living in the world, support no military and only got around to letting women vote in 1984.  

Roman Catholicism is the state religion and about 77% of the population are Catholics.  Absolute freedom of worship prevails.  According to a 2000 report, 0.07% of the population are Protestants; and 0.04% are Muslims. The Eastern Orthodox Church has about 242 members. Buddhists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Anglicans, Jews, Baha'is and New Apostolic each have less than 60 members. About 3,500 people were undecided as to religious affiliation (secular).  

Monaco:  Another tiny country, just 1.95 sq km, this heavily urbanized sun destination most famous for casinos is surrounded by France, but close to Italy.  

95% of Monaco's 30,000 pr so residents are Catholic, but freedom of religion prevails.  About 85% of residents are not citizens and about another 30,000 people commute  into the country to work every day.  

San Marino:  An enclave within Italy, there are no border controls into San Marino but you can get a passport stamp in the immigration office for this hill-top country.  The 31,000 residents are 97% Catholic, but about 50% of them claim to be practicing Catholics.  Very stable economy and a tourist destination. 

Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands:  These Arctic islands are part of Norway and are home to about 2500 people, representing a variety of nationalities. Svalbard is said to be effectively crime free.  The economy is mining based.  Jan Mayen is only occupied by around 60 scientists. 

Seventh-day Adventists have established work in all but the smallest countries and territories of Europe.  All the European places left without an SDA presence are basically small towns with no country/area exceeding 100,000 people on the list.

Outside of Europe there are larger countries where Adventists have not yet had success, as well as a few other small places similar to those listed in Europe.

Where Seventh-day Adventists Are Not: Asia

Afghanistan

Bhutan

Brunei Darussalam

North Korea

Where Seventh-day Adventists Are Not Yet: Island Nations and Territories

Comoros

Falkland Islands

Maldives

Mayotte

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Tokelau

Where Seventh-day Adventists Are Not Yet: North Africa

Mauritania

Morocco & Western Sahara

Somalia

Where Seventh-day Adventists Are Not Yet: Middle East

Palestinian Territory

Saudi Arabia

Syria

Yemen

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