Norse mythology recognised as a religion

Copenhagen – Followers of Norse mythology, who worship Viking gods such as Odin and Thor, were on Thursday officially recognised as a religious community in Denmark, the ecclesiastical affairs ministry said.

The decision means that the 240 or so members of Forn Sidr, or Ancient Customs, will be allowed to celebrate legal marriages, receive donations and benefit from tax breaks.

Forn Sidr initially sought official recognition in 1999, but that request was turned down.

A similar organisation in Iceland received official status in 1973, while two other Norse cults in Norway were officially recognised in 1996 and 1999.

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