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What are the Impacts of Religious Diversity? Regions in Three European Countries Compared

Project leader: Professor Wolkhard Krech, Ruhr University Bochum (Germany)

Personal contact with other religions increases tolerance of cultural and ethnic minorities. It also tends to make religion more central in people”s lives. However, somewhat surprisingly these effects are not mediated by a religiously diverse living environment or religious presence in close neighborhood. These are the main findings of the research project “What are the impacts of religious diversity?”. Religious diversity and its effect on religiosity and social attitudes have been studied in urban and rural regions in three countries: Germany, Finland and Slovenia.