Religion in Slovakia

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Religion in Slovakia (2011)[1]

  Protestantism (8.9%)
  Slovak Orthodox (0.9%)
  Other religions (0.5%)
  Atheist and non-religious (13.4%)
  Not specified (10.6%)

The majority (62%) of Slovaks belong to the Roman Catholic Church (i.e. Latin Rite); with the addition of a further 4% of Greek Catholics, all Catholics account for 66%. Members of other churches, including those non-registered, account for 1.1% of the population. The Eastern Orthodox Christians are mostly found in Ruthenian (Ukrainian) areas.[2] The Roman Catholic Church divides the country into 8 dioceses including 3 archdioceses. Generally about one third of church members regularly attend church services.[3] The religious situation is dramatically different from that in the neighbouring Czech Republic, which is notable for its atheist or irreligious majority. However Slovakians are a less devoutly religious nation than the Poles.

Other religions practiced in Slovakia include Islam and Judaism. There were an estimated 0.2% Muslims in Slovakia in 2010.[4] While the country had an estimated pre-World War II Jewish population of 90,000, only about 2,300 Jews remain today.[5]

Denomination Members %
Roman Catholic Church in Slovakia 3,347,277 62,0%
Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovakia 372,858 5.9%
Slovak Greek Catholic Church 206,871 3,8%
Reformed Christian Church 98,797 1,8%
Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church 49,133 0,9%
Jehovah's Witnesses 17,222 0,3%
Evangelical Methodist Church 10,328 0,2%
Not specified 571,437 10,6%
No religion 725,362 13,4%
Source: Slovakia census 2011 [6]

Additionally, there are smaller numbers of adherents of various other Christian denominations: Baptists, The Brethren Church, Seventh-day Adventists, Apostolic Church, Evangelical Methodist, Old Catholic Church, Christian Corps in Slovakia, and the Czechoslovak Hussite Church.[7][8] The largest pagan group in Slovakia is Krug Peruna. Moreover, it has members not only in Bratislava (its headquarters) but also in other cities such as Martin and Košice.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Table 14 Population by religion". Statistical Office of the SR. 2011. Retrieved Jun 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ Slovakia. Encyclopædia Britannica Online.
  3. ^ Manchin, Robert (2004). "Religion in Europe: Trust Not Filling the Pews". Gallup. Retrieved Dec 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ Pew Research Center (December 18, 2012). Religious Composition by Country 2010
  5. ^ Vogelsang, Peter; Brian B. M. Larsen (2002). "Deportations". The Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Retrieved April 26, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Table 14 Population by religion". Statistical Office of the SR. 2011. Retrieved Jun 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ Results of the 2001 Slovak Census, from the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic. [1]
  8. ^ Slovak Republic. International Religious Freedom Report 2005. USDOS.