chapter  11
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Not Just Caviar and Balalaikas

At the turn of the millennium the Orthodox congregations in Denmark underwent a division. Until the end of the twentieth century there had been a single congregation, based in the Alexander Nevsky Church at the centre of Copenhagen, which had been the only setting for Orthodox Christianity in Denmark. Today nine Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Church jurisdictions are recognised by the Danish state.2 This chapter will address the schism that

appeared in the Russian Orthodox congregations, and the ways in which the formation of an Orthodox congregation intent on integrating Orthodoxy into a Danish setting has influenced the outlook of Orthodox Christianity in Denmark. The chapter ends with a discussion of the role of converts in the dissemination of Orthodox Christianity in Western Europe, especially the influence exerted by the majority culture on the development of a ‘Western Orthodox Church’.3