After reading about Patrik‘s experience with Christianity in Sweden, Tom sent me an email describing life in Finland:
I live in the neighbouring country of Finland and we have the same kind of cultural Christianity traditions going on over here. Basically a person visits church four times in his/her life: When baptized, when confirmed, when married, when dead.
What really amazes me — it really does — is why people pay “church tax” throughout their lives, only for these four occasions. It’s truly remarkable. In Finland, you pay about 150 euro (about $225 USD) a year. It all adds up if you live to an old age. It is the easiest thing in the world to resign from church; in Finland, it’s just a few clicks away on a web site. I wonder if it’s a case of “just to be on the safe side” kind of thing?
Seriously, why don’t all you non-religious Finns resign from the church already and encourage your like-minded friends and family to do the same?