Religion in Uruguay

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Uruguay's oldest church is in San Carlos, Maldonado Department.






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Religion in Uruguay (2006)[1]

  Christianity (58.1%)
  Umbanda (0.6%)
  Judaism (0.5%)
  Other (0.4%)
  Non-religious (40.4%)
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Church and state are officially separated since 1916 in Uruguay. According to the most recent official survey approximately 58.1% of Uruguayans define themselves as Christian (47% Roman Catholic, 11.1% Protestant), and approximately 40.89% of the population professes no religion (23.2% as "believing in God but without religion", 17.2% as Atheist or Agnostic), 0.6% as followers of Umbanda or other African religions, 0.5% as Jewish, 0.1% Buddhist and 0.4% chose "Other".[1] Although the majority of Uruguayans do not actively practice a religion, they are nominally church members in the Catholic church. However, Protestants are more active. The first Anglican church in the country was erected in 1844 by British traders, and is considered a historical landmark. Other religious groups in Uruguay include the Jehovah's Witnesses. It is widely considered the most secular nation in the Americas. One cause of this[clarification needed] was that Spanish colonial missions sent priests to convert indigenous people, who had always been a very small population in Uruguay.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Encuesta Nacional de Hogares Amplidada - 2006". National Institute of Statistics (in Spanish). INHA. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  2. ^ Uruguay - Leslie Jermyn, Winnie Wong - Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 

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