Irreligion by country

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World nonreligious population by percentage, Dentsu Institute (2006) and Zuckerman (2005)[1]

Irreligion, which may include deism, agnosticism, ignosticism, antireligion, atheism, skepticism, spiritual but not religious, freethought, antitheism, apatheism, non-belief, pandeism, secular humanism, non-religious theism, pantheism and panentheism, varies in the different countries around the world. It has been estimated that 40–50% of non-religious people hold belief in at least one deity, or in some higher power.[2]

About 16% of the world population (1.1 billion people) are estimated to be nonreligious.[3][4]

Methodology[edit]

The Gallup poll has the broadest definition of irreligion: the question "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" was asked; the "no" answer is represented below. Dentsu Communication Institute provides data for respondents who stated they have "no religion". Phil Zuckerman uses only the number who describe themselves as atheist or agnostic. The numbers come from different years, and might not be accurate for countries with governments that require or urge religion or secularism.

Countries[edit]

Country Gallup[5]
(2006–2011)
Dentsu[6]
(2006)
Zuckerman[7]
(2005)
 Afghanistan (details) 3%
 Albania (details) 53% 8%
 Algeria 9%
 Angola 10%
 Argentina 30% 13% 4–8%
 Armenia 18% 34%
 Australia (details) 67% 24–25%
 Austria 51% 12% 18–26%
 Azerbaijan (details) 54%
 Bahrain 10%
 Bangladesh (details) 12%
 Belarus 50% 48% 17%
 Belgium (details) 68% 35% 42–43%
 Belize 33%
 Benin 6%
 Bolivia 13%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 38%
 Botswana (details) 16%
 Brazil (details) 10%
 Bulgaria (details) 58% 30% 34–40%
 Burkina Faso 6%
 Burundi 2%
 Cambodia 3%
 Cameroon 6%
 Canada (details) 61% 26% 19–30%
 Central African Republic 1%
 Chad 7%
 Chile 27% 34%
 China (details) 82% 93% 8–14%
 Colombia 13%
 Comoros 1%
 Democratic Republic of the Congo 5%
 Republic of the Congo 6%
 Costa Rica 17%
 Côte d'Ivoire 12%
 Croatia 29% 13% 7%
 Cuba 64% 7%
 Cyprus 26%
 Czech Republic (details) 72% 64% 54–61%
 Denmark (details) 83% 10% 43–80%
 Djibouti 3%
 Dominican Republic 14% 7%
 Ecuador 2%
 Egypt (details) 4%
 El Salvador 13%
 Estonia (details) 78% 76% 49%
 Ethiopia 10%
 Finland (details) 69% 12% 28–60%
 France (details) 74% 43% 43–54%
 Georgia 15%
 Germany (details) 62% 25% 41–49%
 Ghana (details) 4%
 Greece 24% 4% 16%
 Guatemala 10%
 Guinea 2%
 Guyana 11%
 Haiti 8%
 Honduras 13%
 Hong Kong (details) 74%
 Hungary 63% 43% 32–46%
 Iceland (details) 60% 4% 16–23%
 India (details) 9% 7%
 Indonesia (details) 1%
 Iran (details) 8% 1%
 Iraq (details) 15%
 Ireland (details) 53% 7%
 Israel (details) 54% 15–37%
 Italy (details) 30% 18% 6–15%
 Jamaica 29%
 Japan (details) 71% 52% 64–65%
 Jordan 4%
 Kazakhstan 45% 11–12%
 Kenya (details) 3%
 Kosovo 9%
 Kuwait 2%
 Kyrgyzstan 36% 7%
 Laos 3%
 Latvia 58% 41% 20–29%
 Lebanon (details) 13%
 Liberia 7%
 Libya 12%
 Lithuania 52% 19% 13%
 Luxembourg 64% 30%
 Macedonia 23%
 Madagascar 7%
 Malawi 1%
 Malaysia 10%
 Mali 3%
 Malta 14% 1%
 Mauritania 2%
 Mexico (details) 44% 4%
 Moldova 21%
 Mongolia 50% 9%
 Montenegro 38%
 Morocco (details) 6%
 Mozambique (details) 13%
 Myanmar 3%
 Namibia 8%
   Nepal 5%
 Netherlands (details) 65% 55% 39–44%
 New Zealand (details) 67% 20–22%
 Nicaragua 19%
 Niger 2%
 Nigeria (details) 2% 1%
 North Korea 15%
 Norway(details) 78% 31–72%
 Pakistan (details) 4%
 Palestinian territories 5%
 Panama 11%
 Paraguay 10%
 Peru 15% 5%
 Philippines (details) 6% 11%
 Poland (details) 24% 5%
 Portugal 33% 11% 4–9%
 Puerto Rico 13% 11%
 Qatar 4%
 Romania 17% 2%
 Russia (details) 59% 48% 24–48%
 Rwanda (details) 5%
 Saudi Arabia (details) 4%
 Senegal 3%
 Serbia 45%
 Sierra Leone 1%
 Singapore (details) 53% 13%
 Slovakia 45% 23% 10–28%
 Slovenia 51% 30% 35–38%
 South Africa (details) 20% 11%
 South Korea (details) 52% 37% 30–52%
 Spain (details) 55% 16% 15–24%
 Sri Lanka (details) 2%
 Sudan (details) 9%
 Sweden (details) 88% 25% 46–85%
  Switzerland (details) 57% 17–27%
 Syria 15%
 Taiwan 45% 24%
 Tajikistan 11%
 Tanzania 5% 2%
 Thailand 2%
 Togo 13%
 Trinidad and Tobago 8%
 Tunisia 7%
 Turkey 13% 3%
 Turkmenistan 18%
 Uganda (details) 5% 1%
 Ukraine 46% 42% 20%
 United Arab Emirates 4%
 United Kingdom (details) 76% 31–44%
 United States (details) 36% 20% 3–9%
 Uruguay (details) 64% 12%
 Uzbekistan 39%
 Venezuela 19% 27%
 Vietnam 44% 46% 81%
 Yemen (details) 1%
 Zambia 5%
 Zimbabwe 9%

By population[edit]

Countries with the greatest number of people without religion (including agnostics and atheists) based on the total population of each country as of 2004 and the percentage of nonreligious people according to Zuckerman:[8]

Country People without religion
 China 103,907,840 - 181,838,720
 Japan 81,493,120 - 82,766,450
 Vietnam 66,978,900
 Russia 34,507,680 - 69,015,360
 Germany 33,794,250 - 40,388,250
 France 25,982,320 - 32,628,960
 United Kingdom 18,684,010 - 26,519,240
 South Korea 14,579,400 - 25,270,960
 Ukraine 9,546,400
 United States 8,790,840 - 26,822,520
 Netherlands 6,364,020 - 7,179,920
 Canada 6,176,520 - 9,752,400
 Spain 6,042,150 - 9,667,440
 Taiwan 5,460,000
 Hong Kong 5,240,000
 Czech Republic 5,328,940 - 6,250,121
 Australia 4,779,120 - 4,978,250
 Belgium 4,346,160 - 4,449,640
 Sweden 4,133,560 - 7,638,100
 Italy 3,483,420 - 8,708,550
 North Korea 3,404,700
 Hungary 3,210,240 - 4,614,720
 Bulgaria 2,556,120 - 3,007,200
 Denmark 2,327,590 - 4,330,400
 Belarus 1,752,870
 Greece 1,703,680
 Kazakhstan 1,665,840 - 1,817,280
 Argentina 1,565,800 - 3,131,600
 Austria 1,471,500 - 2,125,500
 Finland 1,460,200 - 3,129,000
 Norway 1,418,250 - 3,294,000
  Switzerland 1,266,670 - 2,011,770
 Israel 929,850 - 2,293,630
 New Zealand 798,800 - 878,680
 Cuba 791,630
 Slovenia 703,850 - 764,180
 Estonia 657,580
 Dominican Republic 618,380
 Singapore 566,020
 Slovakia 542,400 - 1,518,720
 Lithuania 469,040
 Latvia 461,200 - 668,740
 Portugal 420,960 - 947,160
 Armenia 418,740
 Uruguay 407,880
 Kyrgyzstan 355,670
 Croatia 314,790
 Albania 283,600
 Mongolia 247,590
 Estonia 147,620
 Iceland 47,040 - 67,620

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