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Religion and Law in Finland

By Matti Kotiranta


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Derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this convenient resource provides systematic information on how Finland deals with the role religion plays or can play in society, the legal status of religious communities and institutions, and the legal interaction among religion, culture, education, and media.

After a general introduction describing the social and historical background, the book goes on to explain the legal framework in which religion is approached. Coverage proceeds from the principle of religious freedom through the rights and contractual obligations of religious communities; international, transnational, and regional law effects; and the legal parameters affecting the influence of religion in politics and public life. Also covered are legal positions on religion in such specific fields as church financing, labour and employment, and matrimonial and family law. A clear and comprehensive overview of relevant legislation and legal doctrine make the book an invaluable reference source and very useful guide.

Succinct and practical, this book will prove to be of great value to practitioners in the myriad instances where a law-related religious interest arises in Finland. Academics and researchers will appreciate its value as a thorough but concise treatment of the legal aspects of diversity and multiculturalism in which religion plays such an important part.

Publish Date 06/21/2021
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789403535029
SKU 10090839-0001
Table of Contents

The Author

List of Abbreviations


General Introduction

Part I. Legal Framework and Sources

Chapter 1. Constitutional Position of Religion

Chapter 2. Other Legislation Related to Religion

Chapter 3. Typology of the System

Part II. Religious Freedom in General

Chapter 1. Individual Religious Freedom

Chapter 2. Collective Religious Freedom

Chapter 3. Organizational Religious Freedom

Chapter 4. Religious Freedom and Equality

Part III. Legal Status of Religious Communities

Chapter 1. Formal Status of Religious Communities

Chapter 2. Autonomy of Religious Communities

Part IV. International, Transnational and Regional Impacts on Religious Communities

Chapter 1. The Impact of International Law on Religious Communities

Chapter 2. Transnational and Regional Law Effects on Religious Communities

Part V. Religion and Politics

Chapter 1. Religious Influence in Politics

Chapter 2. Political and Legal Interaction Between Religions and the State

Part VI. The Labour Law Within the Religious Communities

Chapter 1. Scope of Application of the Labour Law

Chapter 2. Ministers of Religion and the Labour Law – Case-Law

Chapter 3. Other Church Employees and the Labour Law

Part VII. Religious Communities and Protections of the Individual

Chapter 1. Protection of Privacy

Chapter 2. Freedom to Marry

Chapter 3. Freedom of Expression

Chapter 4. Due Process Norms and Religious Groups

Chapter 5. Professional Secrecy

Chapter 6. Medical Deontology

Chapter 7. Non-discrimination

Chapter 8. Penal Law and Religion

Part VIII. Church Financing

Chapter 1. Direct Financing of Religious Communities

Chapter 2. Indirect Financing of Religious Communities

Part IX. Education

Chapter 1. Religious Education in State and Private Schools

Chapter 2. Religious Schools

Chapter 3. Theological Faculties and Other Religious Training

Part X. Matrimonial and Family Law

Chapter 1. Legal Position of Religious Marriage

Part XI. Religion and Culture

Chapter 1. Religion and Art

Chapter 2. Religion and the Media

Chapter 3. Religion and Civil Society

Chapter 4. Religion and Public Debate

Part XII. Religious Assistance in Public Institutions

Chapter 1. General Principles

Chapter 2. Institutions

Part XIII. Religions in the Social Field

Chapter 1. Basic Principles and Activities

Chapter 2. Kindergartens

Part XIV. Sunday and Religious Holiday Protection

Chapter 1. General Protection of Sundays and Religious Holidays

Chapter 2. Sundays, Religious Holidays and Shop Closing

Part XV. The Burial System

Part XVI. Data Law

Part XVII. The Law on Aliens

Part XVIII. The Law on Foundations

Selected Bibliography

Table of Statutes

Table of Cases