Christians in Germany decreased dramatically in 2016 because of demographic changes

The Catholic and Protestant Church continue to lose members. According to the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), the Christians in Germany were around 22 million people, almost 1.6% fewer than the previous year, Die Zeit reports.

At the end of 2016 there were around 22 million evangelicals in Germany. Demographics played the biggest factor in the change: in 2016, approximately 340,000 evangelicals passed away while there were just 180,000 baptisms. Some 190,000 people left the church and just 25,000 people chose to join it. Catholic Church, which lost 162,093 members last year. Catholics in Germany counted 23.6 million last year, which corresponds to 28.5 percent of the total population in Germany.