“For Catholics, Iceland is ‘terra ingognita’ . Overwhelmingly Lutheran for the last several centuries, the nation is now mostly secular, with some regions even beginning to backslide into paganism.”
“The Church is making a comeback. Six parishes currently exist, but that number is expected to nearly double in the next five years … While secularism defines the laws of the land and paganism brings in the tourists, the Church in Iceland is quietly rebuilding, gathering strength, biding time.”
Iceland, an island all by itself in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is about the size of New York State. It was settled from Scandinavia, a background which determines its language and culture; about 400,00 people live there.
(An Iceland scene. This photo from “The Independent,” a UK newspaper)