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Change religion registration, is it possible?

Hi dear friends of the forum

When I came to Switzerland one and a half year ago, when I registered myself in canton Bern I was asked which religion I was and just to please my mother I put catholic. But for some time I was thinking that, that's not true for me, I'm more a humanist then anything so I don't have a religion and since my mother doesn't even live here there's no one to please.

So my question is, can I change the region registration and if so where can I do that?

Thanks for the help people

A super Sunday to all of you


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Old 18.01.2015, 13:12
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Re: Change religion registration, is it possible?

This may help:
Resigning from the Church re: Tax Payments ( Kirchensteuern )
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Re: Change religion registration, is it possible?

Yes, the German word for it is Kirchenaustritt. You "step out" of the religious community.

There is even a website for it: http://www.austreten.ch
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Re: Change religion registration, is it possible?

Specifically for the Catholic church in canton Bern, follow the instructions here:
http://www.kathbern.ch/?id=3005

How long have you been here?

If you have only recently arrived, it might be possible to get the Gemeinde to correct your registration form. But if you are already on the church register (i.e., the tax roll), you likely need to go through the Kirchenaustritt procedure.
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Re: Change religion registration, is it possible?

And you don't pay the extra church tax
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