Religion in Swaziland
The population of Swaziland is approximately 35 percent Protestant, 30 percent African Zionist, 25 percent Catholic, 1 percent Muslim and Hinduism (0.15%). Those statistics, however do not match CIA's data in Nationmaster, which specifies 66% Protestants and 5.33% Catholics. The remaining 9 percent of the population is divided among the Baha'i Faith, Seventh-day Adventism, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), Branhamism, and other religious groups. The Zionist Churches, which blend Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship, predominate in rural areas. A large Roman Catholic presence, including churches, schools, and other infrastructure, continues to flourish. The country forms a single diocese - the Diocese of Manzini.
Followers of Judaism, Islam, and the Baha'i Faith are located in urban areas. Islam in Swaziland probably dates to the colonial period, when many Muslims settled in from other countries under the dominion of the British Empire. Most immigrants from South Asia practice Islam. There are few atheists. Missionaries continue to play a role in rural development.
The new Constitution, which went into effect on February 8, 2006, provides for freedom of religion. The Government generally respects freedom of religion in practice. The US government received no reports of societal abuse or discrimination based on religious belief or practice during 2008.
- Religious Intelligence - Country Profile: Swaziland (Kingdom of Swaziland)
- International Religious Freedom Report 2008: Swaziland. United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (September 19, 2008). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.