Almost 40% oppose mosques in Iceland
Four times as many Icelanders oppose the building of mosques in Iceland than oppose the building of Church of Iceland churches, according to a new opinion poll.
Icelandic pollster MMR asked people to what extent they supported or opposed the building of places of worship by various religious denominations.
Of those responding, 61.7% said they were in favour of the Church of Iceland building new churches in Iceland. This was followed by the Ásatrú pagan association (50.5%), Buddhists (33.4%) and the Russian Orthodox Church (33.4%).
Places of worship built by the Icelandic Muslim Society are the least popular option, with just 32.0% of those replying directly in favour.
The figures on active opposition bear out the same trend. Just 9.4% of Icelanders are directly opposed to the Church of Iceland being permitted to build churches in Iceland. When it comes to mosques, the figure is exactly four times higher, i.e. 37.6%.