Jehovah's Witnesses by country

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Jehovah's Witnesses have a presence in most countries in the world. These are the most recent statistics by nation and by continent or region, based on active members, or "publishers" as reported by the Watch Tower Society of Pennsylvania.

Bible study figures include studies conducted by Witness parents with their unbaptized children,[1][2] which can be counted as one hour per week and one Bible study per month, per child.[3]

The Society reports its active presence in various dependencies and states as separate 'lands', as noted.

Africa[edit]

Country Population Publishers Congregations Av. Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
Angola 19,813,180 102,753 1,432 449,984 414,639
Benin 10,703,000 11,352 175 27,927 43,619
Botswana 2,039,000 2,122 48 4,404 6,531
Burkina Faso 17,581,000 1,598 44 3,235 5,425
Burundi 9,069,000 11,852 256 34,599 55,203
Cameroon 20,653,254 37,319 329 72,194 97,497
Cape Verde 538,535 2,042 35 4,410 8,119
Central African Republic 4,616,417 2,471 53 6,778 12,736
Chad 12,825,314 646 17 1,178 4,328
Congo (Democratic Republic) 69,360,118 180,343 3,515 559,642 1,152,535
Congo (Republic) 4,558,594 6,193 77 21,412 27,932
Côte d’Ivoire 21,752,000 9,781 286 27,695 70,244
Equatorial Guinea 722,254 1,574 15 5,264 5,851
Ethiopia 87,500,000 9,768 214 7,465 25,896
Gabon 1,672,597 3,816 37 8,319 12,367
Gambia 1,915,226 208 4 420 643
Ghana 26,781,812 119,199 1,757 382,408 347,725
Guinea 11,750,000 737 18 1,845 3,280
Guinea-Bissau 1,762,595 133 2 467 702
Kenya 44,611,800 25,820 596 44,736 67,780
Lesotho 2,098,000 3,871 87 6,641 9,946
Liberia 3,958,000 6,022 125 20,357 76,130
Madagascar 22,752,887 29,385 659 77,984 135,122
Madeira[note 1] 263,091 1,134 17 752 2,007
Malawi 16,888,569 82,671 1,398 113,332 289,499
Mali 15,963,616 286 7 772 1,309
Mauritius 1,296,000 1,749 25 2,170 4,245
Mayotte[note 2] 224,282 130 2 251 300
Mozambique 24,600,000 51,637 1,136 83,548 272,108
Namibia 2,348,000 2,208 43 4,362 8,198
Niger 18,530,000 282 7 413 1,121
Nigeria 159,708,000 329,757 5,966 763,158 737,926
Réunion[note 3] 837,617 2,961 36 2,401 6,034
Rodrigues[note 4] 37,922 43 1 67 122
Rwanda 11,000,000 23,507 563 61,621 86,975
Saint Helena[note 5] 4,000 115 3 78 282
São Tomé and Principe 190,428 708 10 2,750 3,552
Senegal 13,508,715 1,150 26 1,927 2,840
Seychelles 91,359 331 4 435 907
Sierra Leone 6,092,000 1,937 36 4,622 9,061
South Africa 53,140,000 95,369 2,052 134,980 245,324
South Sudan 10,727,600 1,201 30 3,117 4,389
Sudan 26,507,000 515 17 1,172 2,055
Swaziland 1,268,000 2,983 92 4,045 8,075
Tanzania 49,483,000 15,761 472 30,039 55,183
Togo 7,020,000 18,158 269 56,659 65,503
Uganda 37,579,000 6,468 141 18,142 23,192
Zambia 14,638,640 168,693 2,698 362,651 790,528
Zimbabwe 13,323,770 41,688 1,123 92,569 110,570

North America[edit]

Country Population Publishers Congregations Av. Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
Azores[note 1][note 6] 247,599 748 15 861 1,761
Canada 35,427,524 113,617 1,390 53,048 188,202
Costa Rica 4,943,000 29,086 433 35,203 71,037
El Salvador 6,387,000 39,346 676 45,744 96,113
Greenland[note 7] 56,295 145 6 133 308
Mexico 123,921,000 802,903 12,833 1,091,008 2,306,486
Nicaragua 6,176,000 26,169 418 45,664 88,389
Panama 3,931,000 15,626 306 23,666 50,847
Rota[note 8] 2,527 10 1 15 30
Saint Pierre and Miquelon[note 2] 6,311 15 1 6 15
Saipan[note 8] 48,220 198 2 349 641
Tinian[note 8] 3,136 15 1 30 36
United States 322,583,000 1,186,598 13,871 721,884 2,505,825

Caribbean[edit]

Country Population Publishers Congregations Av. Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
Anguilla[note 5] 13,400 64 2 90 315
Antigua 81,000 478 7 512 1,308
Aruba[note 9] 107,397 931 12 999 2,772
Bahamas 382,600 1,630 27 2,106 4,604
Barbados 285,916 2,524 30 2,371 6,608
Belize 340,400 2,425 59 4,176 8,599
Bermuda[note 5] 65,500 463 5 334 1,036
Bonaire[note 10] 18,779 116 2 162 347
Cayman Islands[note 5] 59,200 228 3 236 703
Cuba 11,167,325 95,592 1,486 177,524 238,497
Curaçao[note 9] 154,843 1,931 25 2,326 5,444
Dominica 74,000 423 10 694 1,448
Dominican Republic 10,404,000 36,240 538 69,964 132,760
Grenada 111,000 578 10 719 1,677
Guadeloupe[note 3] 411,507 8,025 125 8,588 19,528
Guatemala 15,892,000 37,192 775 49,355 99,410
Haiti 9,993,000 18,899 258 39,490 82,240
Honduras 8,274,000 22,077 398 35,287 69,777
Jamaica 2,798,800 11,889 187 13,530 37,981
Martinique[note 3] 398,864 4,749 63 5,379 10,592
Montserrat[note 5] 5,103 18 1 55 94
Nevis[note 11] 12,100 53 1 57 245
Puerto Rico[note 12] 3,683,600 25,709 328 16,659 57,081
Saba[note 10] 2,000 7 12 24
Saint Barthélemy[note 2] 9,171 24 1 30 86
Saint Kitts[note 11] 51,300 203 4 294 774
Saint Lucia 182,000 740 10 1,186 2,349
Saint Martin[note 2] 36,992 311 5 535 1,112
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 109,400 332 8 503 1,226
Sint Eustatius[note 10] 4,000 22 1 45 95
Sint Maarten[note 9] 46,500 336 5 479 1,128
Trinidad & Tobago 1,334,824 9,503 119 11,481 25,269
Turks and Caicos[note 5] 33,700 323 6 675 1,084
Virgin Islands (British)[note 5] 28,600 260 4 264 804
Virgin Islands (US)[note 13] 106,800 602 10 663 1,692

South America[edit]

Country Population Publishers Congregations Av. Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
Argentina 42,670,000 145,277 1,984 126,661 307,654
Bolivia 10,027,254 23,976 305 41,357 76,283
Brazil 203,067,835 767,449 11,562 841,136 1,728,208
Chile 17,556,815 74,498 933 65,537 178,353
Colombia 48,771,000 161,876 2,477 229,723 510,217
Ecuador 15,983,000 82,547 951 142,223 271,240
Falkland Islands[note 5] 2,840 10 1 9 23
French Guiana[note 3] 239,849 2,288 43 4,975 8,635
Guyana 787,503 2,846 45 4,723 12,002
Paraguay 6,800,236 9,309 192 14,682 22,962
Peru 30,769,000 117,211 1,387 194,860 366,023
Suriname 540,000 2,765 54 4,989 9,500
Uruguay 3,304,000 11,471 156 9,175 23,531
Venezuela 30,206,307 134,913 1,709 196,232 467,390

Asia[edit]

Country Population Publishers Congregations Av. Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
Armenia 3,026,900 10,978 135 7,570 23,844
Azerbaijan 9,477,100 1,220 12 1,864 2,616
Bangladesh 151,125,475 211 5 464 764
Cambodia 14,364,931 802 14 2,147 2,012
Cyprus 885,600 2,467 36 1,763 4,683
Georgia 4,490,500 18,100 220 9,021 32,731
Hong Kong[note 14] 7,234,800 5,557 68 6,382 10,061
India 1,264,216,000 39,355 542 49,681 116,674
Indonesia 250,000,000 24,489 424 30,910 57,016
Israel 8,357,855 1,450 23 1,163 2,657
Japan 127,352,833 215,294 3,057 166,209 307,071
Kazakhstan 17,098,546 17,475 240 13,425 31,870
Korea (South) 49,512,000 100,289 1,371 81,384 137,865
Kyrgyzstan 5,776,600 4,936 69 5,090 10,663
Lebanon 4,831,233 3,659 57 2,171 6,575
Macau[note 14] 607,500 298 4 401 737
Malaysia 30,273,416 4,668 113 8,700 12,659
Mongolia 2,712,738 405 6 751 1,208
Myanmar 51,419,420 3,941 73 3,982 8,094
Nepal 27,153,225 2,004 34 4,224 6,595
Pakistan 196,174,380 928 18 1,234 5,857
Palestinian Territory[note 15] 4,550,368 70 2 65 142
Philippines 98,909,981 190,930 3,186 242,504 552,942
Russia 143,930,000 165,322 2,480 116,549 292,058
Sri Lanka 20,480,000 5,615 100 8,131 14,195
Taiwan 23,404,243 9,256 128 14,716 19,449
Thailand 67,741,000 4,022 97 6,240 8,123
Turkey 75,600,000 2,408 30 1,590 4,619

Europe[edit]

Country Population Publishers Congregations Av. Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
Albania 3,204,000 5,190 82 6,349 13,151
Andorra 78,000 169 3 101 328
Austria 8,504,850 20,990 298 11,668 34,521
Belarus 9,468,000 5,579 72 5,008 10,247
Belgium 11,132,269 24,531 374 10,598 44,635
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,871,643 1,180 16 593 2,123
Bulgaria 7,284,500 2,149 50 3,019 5,954
Croatia 4,470,534 5,412 67 2,344 9,315
Czech Republic 10,521,646 15,407 234 7,215 26,386
Denmark 5,639,719 14,462 178 5,850 21,814
Estonia 1,315,819 4,091 53 2,708 6,875
Faeroe Islands[note 7] 49,947 117 4 94 197
Finland 5,451,270 18,588 304 10,573 26,669
France 63,928,608 124,298 1,666 56,777 220,643
Germany 80,780,728 163,246 2,201 76,740 270,683
Gibraltar[note 5] 29,000 124 2 52 203
Greece 10,787,690 28,677 387 13,483 48,218
Hungary 9,877,000 22,444 293 12,825 41,952
Iceland 317,351 368 7 270 670
Ireland
(incl. Northern Ireland)
6,632,765 6,210 116 3,488 11,856
Italy 60,782,668 248,871 3,019 122,354 458,329
Kosovo[note 16] 2,350,000 237 6 422 609
Latvia 2,001,468 2,296 36 2,058 3,725
Liechtenstein 37,132 88 1 45 136
Lithuania 2,928,897 3,130 51 2,698 5,451
Luxembourg 549,680 2,028 32 1,112 3,939
Macedonia 2,091,719 1,323 24 1,122 3,146
Malta 425,000 623 7 216 1,164
Moldova 3,466,000 19,846 239 13,450 38,324
Montenegro 631,490 265 6 192 700
Netherlands 16,859,353 29,495 359 12,098 52,452
Norway 5,137,679 11,359 164 5,535 18,150
Poland 38,485,779 122,381 1,350 52,719 201,135
Portugal 9,976,649 48,706 642 28,788 95,575
Romania 21,290,000 40,371 541 25,866 83,419
San Marino 32,000 204 2 116 350
Serbia 8,118,146 3,857 61 2,300 8,552
Slovakia 5,417,750 11,105 153 3,938 21,345
Slovenia 2,054,000 1,930 30 1,000 3,160
Spain 46,182,000 108,900 1,545 58,728 195,673
Sweden 9,705,005 22,156 318 10,329 36,270
Switzerland 8,139,631 18,323 271 9,075 32,145
Ukraine 44,770,717 149,787 1,708 86,994 262,321
United Kingdom
(excl. Northern Ireland)
62,300,000 134,308 1,571 58,890 230,577

Oceania[edit]

Country Population Publishers Congregations Av. Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
American Samoa[note 13] 56,608 218 3 331 832
Australia 23,595,521 66,484 788 29,431 117,122
Chuuk[note 17] 48,651 48 1 154 233
Cook Islands[note 18] 13,979 194 3 202 559
East Timor 1,202,107 242 4 520 905
Fiji 881,065 2,938 73 4,676 12,334
Guam[note 13] 159,358 733 9 982 1,908
Kiribati 103,618 142 3 409 418
Kosrae[note 17] 6,616 17 1 54 91
Marshall Islands 69,747 171 4 456 815
Nauru 10,388 15 1 19 114
New Caledonia[note 2] 266,447 2,047 29 2,620 6,551
New Zealand 4,526,561 13,884 186 8,457 26,909
Niue[note 18] 1,398 25 1 20 64
Norfolk Island[note 19] 2,165 8 1 3 20
Palau 21,108 78 2 137 241
Papua New Guinea 7,677,264 3,868 104 6,496 33,621
Pohnpei[note 17] 35,981 74 1 173 274
Samoa 192,067 522 12 808 2,171
Solomon Islands 609,883 1,787 51 2,154 9,764
Tahiti[note 2] 268,207 2,990 38 4,363 9,714
Tonga 105,502 216 5 263 563
Tuvalu 10,016 60 1 71 322
Vanuatu 264,938 525 10 1,300 3,308
Wallis and Futuna[note 2] 13,936 46 1 76 242
Yap[note 17] 11,376 28 1 106 119

Other[edit]

In addition to the published figures for individual countries, statistics are also published collectively for countries where Jehovah's Witnesses operate covertly under ban,[4][5] including several Islamic and communist states.[6]

Country Publishers Congregations Average Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
30 "Other Lands" 33,372 764 61,451 67,963

Total[edit]

Countries/Territories Publishers Congregations Average Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
239 7,867,958 115,416 9,499,933 19,950,019

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Portuguese autonomous region
  2. ^ a b c d e f g French overseas collectivity
  3. ^ a b c d Overseas department of France
  4. ^ Dependency of Mauritius
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i British overseas territory
  6. ^ Located on the North American plate in the Atlantic Ocean.
  7. ^ a b Danish autonomous region
  8. ^ a b c United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  9. ^ a b c Constituent country of the Netherlands
  10. ^ a b c Special municipality of the Netherlands
  11. ^ a b Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
  12. ^ Self-governing US territory
  13. ^ a b c US insular area
  14. ^ a b Chinese special administrative region
  15. ^ Disputed territory comprising West Bank and Gaza Strip under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian National Authority and the Hamas Government in Gaza
  16. ^ Disputed territory within Serbia
  17. ^ a b c d Federated States of Micronesia
  18. ^ a b Self-governing in free association with New Zealand
  19. ^ Australian external territory

Source[edit]

  • 2015 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses, pages 178–187, Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society of Pennsylvania.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Question Box–Should a family Bible study be reported to the congregation?". Our Kingdom Ministry (Watch Tower Society): 3. November 2003. 
  2. ^ "Question Box—May both parents report the time used for the regular family study?". Our Kingdom Ministry: 3. September 2008. 
  3. ^ Organized To Do Jehovah´s Will. 2005–2011. pp. 98–99, 85–87, 87. 
  4. ^ "Keep Conquering the Evil With the Good". The Watchtower: 29–30. July 1, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Global Support for the Kingdom Issue". The Watchtower: 23. January 1, 1983. Due to the viciousness of the enemy, and to protect our brothers, some of these places are not listed individually in the tabulated report, but the totals of their service appear in the line above the grand total, headed ... Other Countries 
  6. ^ Map indicating countries in which JW activities are banned
  7. ^ 2015 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses. 2014. pp. 178–187.