Importance of religion by country

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The Gallup Religiosity Index, 2009. (light color indicates religious, dark nonreligious)[1]
A map of the importance of religion to people's daily lives, as self-reported, by the Gallup Poll (2006-2008).[2]
A map of the importance of religion, by the Pew Research Center (2002).[3]

This page charts a list of countries by importance of religion.

Methodology[edit]

The methodology in the country table is based upon global Gallup Poll research.[4] The Gallup poll has a broad question: the question "Is religion important in your daily life?" was asked; the "yes" and "no" answers are represented below. Discrepancies are due to the "Don't Know" and "Refused" answers.

In terms of demographics, India ranks as the country with the largest number of highly religious people in the world, with an estimated 960 million to 1 billion believers. China, although its number is less than a fifth of its total population (~18-19%), ranks second, with an estimated 240-260 million believers, followed by Indonesia (~235 million), the United States (~205 million), Pakistan (~175 million), Brazil (~168 million), Nigeria (~163 million) and Bangladesh (~161 million).

Countries[edit]

Country Yes, important No, unimportant
 Estonia 16% 78%
 Sweden 16.5% 83%
 Denmark 18% 80.5%
 Czech Republic 20.5% 74.5%
 Norway 20.5% 78%
 Hong Kong 23% 75.5%
 Japan 23.5% 75%
 Netherlands 24.5% 75.5%
 United Kingdom 26.5% 73%
 Finland 28% 70%
 France 29.5% 69.5%
 Vietnam 29.5% 69.5%
 Australia 32% 67.5%
 Albania 32.5% 62%
 South Korea 32.5% 65.5%
 Belarus 33% 57.5%
 Belgium 33% 57.5%
 New Zealand 33% 66%
 Russia 33% 60.5%
 Bulgaria 33.5% 62%
 Cuba 33.5% 64%
 Hungary 39% 58.5%
 Latvia 39% 58.5%
 Germany 40.5% 59%
 Uruguay 40.5% 59%
 Lithuania 41.5% 49.5%
  Switzerland 41.5% 56%
 Canada 42% 57%
 Kazakhstan 43% 48.5%
 Taiwan 45% 54%
 Montenegro 45.5% 48%
 Ukraine 45.5% 48.5%
 Slovakia 46.5% 51.5%
 Slovenia 47% 52.5%
 Azerbaijan 49.5% 48.5%
 Israel 49.5% 49.5%
 Spain 49.5% 50%
 Serbia 50.5% 46.5%
 Uzbekistan 51% 45.5%
 Ireland 53.5% 46.5%
 Austria 55% 43%
 Belize 61.5% 33%
 Kosovo 63.5% 31.5%
 United States 65% 34.5%
 Argentina 66% 33%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 66% 29.5%
 Croatia 66.5% 30.5%
 Chile 69.5% 29.5%
 Jamaica 70% 29.5%
 Singapore 70% 29%
 Greece 71.5% 29.5%
 Italy 71.5% 26%
 Moldova 71.5% 19%
 Portugal 71.5% 26%
 Mexico 72% 25.5%
 Armenia 72.5% 25%
 Kyrgyzstan 72.5% 25%
 Poland 74.5% 19.5%
 Cyprus 75% 24.5%
 Haiti 75% 22.5%
 Botswana 77% 23%
 Macedonia 78.5% 20.5%
 Costa Rica 79% 19.5%
 India 79% 17%
 Venezuela 79% 20.5%
 Georgia 80% 16%
 Togo 80% 13%
 Ecuador 82% 17.5%
 Colombia 82.5% 16%
 Iran 82.5% 15.5%
 El Salvador 83% 15.5%
 Peru 83.5% 14.5%
 Honduras 84% 15.5%
 Nicaragua 84% 15%
 Puerto Rico 84.5% 13.5%
 South Africa 84.5% 15.5%
 Dominican Republic 86% 13.5%
 Iraq 86% 10.5%
 Mozambique 86% 14%
 Brazil 86.5% 13%
 Burkina Faso 87.5% 12%
 Zimbabwe 87.5% 12.5%
 Angola 88% 10.5%
 Guatemala 88% 9%
 Ivory Coast 88% 12%
 Panama 88% 10.5%
 Bolivia 88.5% 10.5%
 Lebanon 89.5% 10%
 Turkey 89.5% 9.5%
 Ethiopia 91% 9%
 United Arab Emirates 91% 8.5%
 Namibia 91.5% 8.5%
 Paraguay 91.5% 7.5%
 Trinidad and Tobago 92% 8%
 Benin 92.5% 6.5%
 Kuwait 92.5% 5.5%
 Algeria 93% 6.5%
 Madagascar 93% 7%
   Nepal 93% 6%
 Palestine 93% 6%
 Tunisia 93% 5%
 Uganda 93% 7%
 Central African Republic 94% 6%
 Chad 94% 6%
 Kenya 94% 6%
 Liberia 94% 6%
 Sudan 94% 6%
 Thailand 94% 5.5%
 Ghana 94.5% 5%
 Mali 94.5% 5.5%
 Qatar 94.5% 4.5%
 Republic of the Congo 94.5% 5.5%
 Saudi Arabia 94.5% 3.5%
 Rwanda 95% 4.5%
 Bahrain 95.5% 3.5%
 Cameroon 95.5% 4.5%
 Malaysia 95.5% 3.5%
 Nigeria 95.5% 2.5%
 Philippines 95.5% 4%
 Cambodia 96% 3.5%
 Comoros 96% 2.5%
 Yemen 96% 3.5%
 Burma 96.5% 3%
 Jordan 96.5% 3.5%
 Laos 96.5% 2.5%
 Pakistan 96.5% 2.5%
 Senegal 96.5% 3.5%
 Tanzania 96.5% 3.5
 Afghanistan 97% 3%
 Guinea 97% 3%
 Zambia 97% 3%
 Burundi 97.5% 2.5%
 Djibouti 98% 1.5%
 Egypt 98% 2%
 Mauritania 98% 1.5%
 Sierra Leone 98% 1.5%
 Democratic Republic of the Congo 98.5% 1.5%
 Malawi 98.5% 1.5%
 Morocco 98.5% 1%
 Somaliland 98.5% 1.5%
 Indonesia 99% 1%
 Sri Lanka 99% 1%
 Bangladesh 100% 0%
 Niger 100% 0%

See also[edit]

General:

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Religiosity Index is a measure of the importance of religion for respondents and their self-reported attendance of religious services. For religions in which attendance at services is limited, care must be used in interpreting the data. (Gallup WorldView)
  2. ^ In 2006, 2007, and 2008, Gallup asked representative samples in 143 countries and territories whether religion was an important part of their daily lives. This map is based on the results, and shows religiosity by country, ranging from the least religious to the most religious on a relative basis. Data from 2009 Gallup poll.
  3. ^ Pew Research Center Report, 2002
  4. ^ GALLUP WorldView - data accessed on 17 january 2009