Work package 1: Historical analysis of religious composition of the population in Vienna

(R. Gisser, A. Goujon)

The first step will entail the reconstruction of the main religious changes that have occurred since the end of the Second World War in terms of fertility, mortality, migration (national and international, and secularization).

Expected Results:

  • Deliverables in terms of scientific publications (three are foreseen) and diffusion through other channels more accessible to journalists, decision makers and the public at large e.g. Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand.


Work package 1 particularly includes three main exercises:

Analysis of the process of secularization in Vienna (WP 1.1)
… based on the data on exits from the Roman Catholic and Protestant Church, existing since the 1950s, by age and sex. This will allow the analysis to look at the cohorts of Viennese born since the 1950s and to reconstruct their religious history at the aggregate level.

Reconstruction of the migrant composition by religion (WP 1.2)
… based on the data on fertility by religion in the past as well as the secularization among the Protestant and the Catholic group (WP1.1), which would allow us to reconstruct the migration data by religious affiliation as ‘residual’ for the period 1951-2001, and to check it against migration data by country of origin. In order to contrast the specificities of Vienna with the rest of the country, the analysis would also be done at the regional level for the other Austrian federal provinces.

Reconstruction of mortality (life tables) by religious denominations (WP 1.3)
… based on census data