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The tables below represent statistics with regard to the Catholic Church by country.

Methodology[edit]

Most of the figures are taken from the CIA Factbook.[1]

According to the CIA Factbook, the five countries with the largest number of Catholics are:

The country where the membership of the church is the largest percentage of the population is Vatican City, at 100%.

According to the Census of the 2013 Annuario Pontificio (Pontifical Yearbook), the number of Catholics in the world was about 1.21 billion at the end of 2011.

The CIA Factbook data might not necessarily be accurate. According to a 2013 research conducted by a Brazilian institute (Datafolha) the percentage of the population in Brazil of Catholic religion is just 57%,[2] well in contrast to the 64.63% published by CIA. Also, the 2010 Mexican Census showed this percentage to be 83.9% [3] - against a 91.89% number in the CIA Factbook.

By country[edit]

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Catholic Church by country
Country Total Population  % Catholic Catholic total
 Afghanistan (details) 29,928,987 0.0003% 100
 Albania (details) 3,563,112 15%[1] 600,000
 Algeria (details) 32,531,853 0.01%[4] 3,000
 Andorra (details) 71,201 94% 66,928
 Angola (details) 18,498,000 55.59%[5] 10,283,038
 Antigua and Barbuda (details) 81,800 10.4% 8,500
 Argentina (details) 41,660,000 76.5%[6] 31,870,000
 Armenia (details) 2,982,904 3.7% 110,367
 Aruba (details) 101,484 75.3%[7] 76,464
 Australia (details) 20,090,437 27.56%[5] 5,536,924
 Austria (details) 8,500,000 62.5%[8] 5,310,000
 Azerbaijan (details) 8,581,400 0.03% 2,574
 Bahamas (details) 350,000 13.5%[1] 62,700
 Bahrain (details) 800,000[9] 10%[9] 80,000[9]
 Bangladesh (details) 144,319,628 0.22% 317,503
 Barbados (details) 250,012 4.2%[1] 10,000
 Belarus (details) 10,300,483 17% 1,751,082
 Belgium (details) 10,364,388 73.1% 7,576,367
 Belize (details) 334,000 40%[10] 133,600
 Benin (details) 7,460,025 26.64%[5] 1,987,351
 Bhutan (details) 2,232,291 0.06% 1,339
 Bolivia (details) 8,857,870 83.27%[5] 7,375,948
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (details) 4,025,476 15%[1] 625,558
 Botswana (details) 1,640,115 4.94% 81,021
 Brazil (details) 190,755,799[11][a] 64.63% 123,280,172
 Brunei (details) 372,361 6.36% 23,682
 Bulgaria (details) 7,450,349 1% 74,503
 Burkina Faso (details) 13,925,313 17%[1] 2,367,303
 Burundi (details) 6,370,609 67.29%[5] 4,286,782
 Cambodia (details) 13,607,069 0.16% 21,771
 Cameroon (details) 16,380,005 27.36%[5] 4,481,569
 Canada (details) 32,852,300 38.7%[12] 12,728,900
 Cape Verde (details) 516,733 92.64% 478,701
 Central African Republic (details) 3,799,897 25%[1] 949,974
 Chad (details) 9,826,419 20.1%[1] 880,447
 Chile (details) 16,572,475 66.65%[13] 11,048,150
 China (details) 1,306,313,812 0.75% 9,797,353
 Colombia (details) 47,551,232 75%[14] 35,663,424
 Comoros (details) 671,247 2%[1] 201
 Congo, Republic of (details) 3,686,000 56.11%[5] 2,068,214
 Congo, Democratic Republic of (details) 71,712,867 52.91%[5] 37,943,277
 Costa Rica (details) 4,016,173 69%[15] 3,428,205
 Croatia (details) 4,284,889 86.54%[5] 3,708,142
 Cuba (details) 11,163,934 59.66% 6,660,403
 Cyprus (details) 780,133 1.28% 9,985
 Czech Republic (details) 10,241,138 31.96%[5] 3,273,068
 Côte d'Ivoire (details) 17,298,040 35%-40% 6,054,314
 Denmark (details) 5,432,335 2% 104,867
 Djibouti (details) 476,703 0.2% 953
 Dominica (details) 71,540 61.4%[1] 55,000
 Dominican Republic (details) 9,105,034 68.9%[16] 6,270,000
 East Timor (details) 1,040,880 88.84%[5] 924,718
 Ecuador (details) 15,223,680 74.0%[17][18] 11,265,000
 Equatorial Guinea (details) 700,000-1,700,000 87%.[19] 609,000-1,309,000
 Egypt (details) 77,505,756 0.35% 271,270
 El Salvador (details) 6,704,932 79.87% 5,355,229
 Eritrea (details) 4,561,599 3.34% 152,357
 Estonia (details) 1,332,893 0.36% 4,798
 Ethiopia (details) 73,053,286 0.7%[1] 584,426
 Falkland Islands (details) 2,000 10.0% 200
 Fiji (details) 893,354 9.1%[1] 80,401
 Finland (details) 5,223,442 0.14% 7,312
 France (details) 66,600,000 64%[20] 42,624,000
 French Guiana (details) 221,500 75% 166,500
 Gabon (details) 1,389,201 50.05% 695,295
 Gambia (details) 1,593,256 2.1% 33,458
 Georgia (details) 4,677,401 0.8%[1] 84,193
 Germany (details) 80,264,000 30.3%[21][22] 24,320,000
 Ghana (details) 21,029,853 15.1%[1] 5,257,463
 Greece (details) 11,170,957 0.41% 45,873
 Grenada (details) 89,502 53%[1] 47,436
 Guadeloupe (details) 405,500 86% 350,000
 Guam (details) 154,623 85%[1] 131,430
 Guatemala (details) 15,773,000 60%[23] 9,464,700
 Guinea (details) 9,467,866 2.66% 251,845
 Guinea-Bissau (details) 1,416,027 8.97% 127,017
 Guyana (details) 765,283 8.1%[1] 91,833
 Haiti (details) 8,521,622 80.44%[5] 6,817,297
 Honduras (details) 8,249,574 82.11%[5] 6,773,725
 Hungary (details) 10,402,000 59.36% 6,174,627
 Iceland (details) 319,575 3.27%[24] 10,455
 India (details) 1,210,193,422 1.58% 19,121,056
 Indonesia (details) 241,973,879 3%[1] 7,380,203
 Iran (details) 68,017,860 0.02% 13,603
 Iraq (details) 26,074,906 1.19% 310,291
 Ireland (details) 4,581,269 83.63%[25] 3,831,187
 Israel (details) 7,746,000 1.5% 94,153
 Italy (details) 59,900,000 87.8%[26] 52,592,200
 Jamaica (details) 2,731,832 2.6%[1] 218,546
 Japan (details) 127,417,244 0.4% 509,668
 Jordan (details) 5,759,732 1.2% 69,116
 Kazakhstan (details) 15,185,844 0.66% 100,226
 Kenya (details) 43,500,000 23.3%[1] 10,135,500
 Kiribati (details) 98,000 55%[1] 51,000
 Korea, North (details) 22,912,177 0.017% 4,000
 Korea, South (details) 48,846,823 10.9%[27] 5,324,303
 Kuwait (details) 2,335,648 6.16% 143,875
 Kyrgyzstan (details) 5,146,281 0.56% 28,819
 Laos (details) 6,217,141 0.6% 37,302
 Latvia (details) 2,290,237 17.04% 390,256
 Lebanon (details) 4,800,000 31%[28] 1,488,000
 Lesotho (details) 2,067,000 48.7% 1,006,629
 Liberia (details) 3,482,211 5.42% 188,735
 Libya (details) 5,765,563 0.7% 40,358
 Liechtenstein (details) 33,863 76.2%[1] 25,803
 Lithuania (details) 3,596,617 78%[5] 2,805,361
 Luxembourg (details) 468,571 85.43%[5] 400,300
 Macedonia (details) 2,038,514 1% 20,452
 Madagascar (details) 18,040,341 29.48%[5] 5,318,293
 Malawi (details) 12,158,924 28.37%[5] 3,449,487
 Malaysia (details) 23,953,136 3.3% 790,453
 Maldives (details) 349,106 0.02% 80
 Mali (details) 12,291,529 1.54% 189,289
 Malta (details) 400,214 93.89%[5] 375,761
 Marshall Islands (details) 62,000 8.4% 5,208
 Martinique (details) 390,000 80% 312,000
 Mauritania (details) 3,086,859 0.15%[4] 4,000
 Mauritius (details) 1,230,602 23.6%[1] 289,314
 Mexico (details) 112,322,757 82.7%[1] 92,900,000
 Moldova (details) 4,455,421 0.46% 20,494
 Monaco (details) 32,543 90%[1] 29,288
 Mongolia (details) 2,791,272 0.04% 1,116
 Morocco (details) 32,725,847 0.07% 22,908
 Mozambique (details) 19,406,703 28.4%[1] 4,618,795
 Myanmar (details) 42,909,464 1.05% 450,549
 Namibia (details) 2,030,692 16.95% 344,202
   Nepal (details) 27,676,547 0.03% 8,302
 Netherlands (details) 16,820,000 24.1%[29] 4,044,000
 New Caledonia (details) 249,000 60.2%[1] 150,000
 New Zealand (details) 4,500,000 11.1%[30] 492,000
 Nicaragua (details) 5,142,098 58.5%[31] 3,008,128
 Niger (details) 11,665,937 0.1% 11,665
 Nigeria (details) 170,123,740 14% 23,817,324
 Norway (details) 4,593,041 5%[1] 229,652[32]
 Oman (details) 3,001,583 0.1% 3,001
 Pakistan (details) 162,419,946 0.79% 1,283,117
 Palau (details) 19,949 41.6%[1] 8,299
 Palestine (details) 3,761,904 2% 80,000
 Panama (details) 3,339,150 84.05%[5] 2,806,556
 Papua New Guinea (details) 5,545,268 30.98%[5] 1,717,924
 Paraguay (details) 6,347,884 91.35%[5] 5,798,792
 Peru (details) 30,500,000 81.3%.[33] 24,796,500
 Philippines (details) 92,337,852 81.06%[5] 74,849,063
 Poland (details) 38,501,000 86.7%[34] 33,379,500
 Portugal (details) 10,356,117[35] 88.1%[5] 9,123,739
 Puerto Rico (details) 3,916,632 78.44%[5] 3,072,206
 Qatar (details) 863,051 5.8% 50,000
 Réunion (details) 839,500 79.72%[5] 669,249
 Romania (details) 22,329,977 4.7%[1] 1,787,408
 Russia (details) 143,420,309 0.53% 760,127
 Rwanda (details) 8,440,820 47.57%[5] 4,015,298
 Saint Lucia (details) 156,260 67.5%[1] 109,000
 Saint Pierre and Miquelon (details) 6,025 99.6%[4] 6,000
 Samoa (details) 179,000 19.6%[1] 35,084
 San Marino (details) 29,251 95% 29,230
 São Tomé and Príncipe (details) 163,000 73.5%[5] 119,805
 Saudi Arabia (details) 26,417,599 2.5% 660,439
 Senegal (details) 11,126,832 3.5% 389,439
 Serbia (details) 7,120,600 6.1%[1] 433,167
 Seychelles (details) 81,188 85%[5] 69,010
 Sierra Leone (details) 6,017,643 2.9% 174,511
 Singapore (details) 4,425,720 4.8%[1] 165,964
 Slovakia (details) 5,397,036 62%[36] 3,347,277
 Slovenia (details) 2,011,070 79.64%[5] 1,601,616
 Solomon Islands (details) 523,000 19%[1] 100,000
 Somalia (details) 8,591,629 0.001% 100
 South Africa (details) 44,344,136 7.1%[1] 2,851,327
 Spain (details) 47,265,321 71.5%[37] 33,794,500
 Sri Lanka (details) 20,264,000 6.1%[38] 1,237,000
 Sudan (details) 40,187,486 5% 2,009,374
 Suriname (details) 438,144 22.8%[1] 78,865
 Swaziland (details) 1,173,900 20%[1] 62,803
 Sweden (details) 9,001,774 1.62% 145,828
  Switzerland (details) 8,000,000 38.6%[39] 3,088,000
 Syria (details) 18,448,752 2% 368,975
 Taiwan (details) 22,894,384 1.39% 318,231
 Tajikistan (details) 7,163,506 0.55% 39,399
 Tanzania (details) 44,929,002 27.2% 12,220,689
 Thailand (details) 65,444,371 0.44% 287,955
 Togo (details) 5,681,519 28.54% 1,621,506
 Tonga (details) 102,000 16% 16,320
 Trinidad and Tobago (details) 1,088,644 26%[1] 283,047
 Tunisia (details) 10,074,951 0.22% 22,164
 Turkey (details) 69,660,559 0.05% 34,830
 Turkmenistan (details) 4,952,081 0.54% 26,741
 Uganda (details) 35,873,253 42.76%[5] 15,339,403
 Ukraine (details) 46,481,000 2.2%[1] 3,737,116
 United Arab Emirates (details) 2,563,212 5% 128,160
 United Kingdom (details) 63,100,000 9% [40] 5,979,000
 United States (details) 315,498,000 23.9%[1] 75,404,022
 Uruguay (details) 3,415,920 47.1%[41] 1,609,000
 Uzbekistan (details) 26,851,195 0.01% 2,685
  Vatican City (details) 921 100% 921
 Vanuatu (details) 243,304 13.1%[1] 36,500
 Venezuela (details) 28,946,101 87.04%[5] 25,194,686
 Vietnam (details) 83,535,576 6.8%[1] 5,658,000
 Wallis and Futuna (details) 14,231 95.8% 13,631
 Western Sahara (details) 273,008 0.06% 163
 Yemen (details) 20,727,063 0.02% 4,145
 Zambia (details) 11,261,795 32.15%[5] 3,620,667
 Zimbabwe (details) 12,746,990 7.71% 982,792
Total 6,442,583,922 17.18% 1,181,368,942

By region[edit]

These percentages were calculated by using the above numbers. The first percentage, 4th column, is the percentage of population that is Catholic in a region (number in the region * 100/total population of the region). The last column shows the national Catholic percentage compared to the total Catholic population of the world (number in the region * 100/total R. C. population of the world).

Africa[edit]

Catholicism in Africa
Region Total Population Catholic  % Catholic  % of global Catholic pop.
Central Africa 83,121,055 37,353,218 44.93% 3.47%
East Africa 193,741,900 34,872,130 17.99% 3.24%
North Africa 202,151,323 2,369,490 1.17% 0.22%
Southern Africa 137,092,019 24,463,640 17.84% 2.27%
West Africa 268,997,245 36,152,847 13.43% 3.36%
Total 885,103,542 135,211,325 15.27% 12.57%

Americas[edit]

Catholicism in The Americas
Region Total Population Catholic  % Catholic  % of global Catholic pop.
Caribbean 24,364,622 19,062,198 78.23% 1.77%
Central America 42,883,849 32,317,384 75.36% 3.00%
North America 448,587,847 173,212,640 38.61% 16.11%
South America 371,363,897 299,570,011 80.66% 27.87%
Total 887,200,215 524,162,233 59.08% 48.75%

Asia[edit]

Roman Catholicism in Asia
Region Total Population Catholic  % Catholic  % of global Catholic pop.
Central Asia 92,019,166 199,086 1.23% 0.01%
East Asia 1,528,384,440 13,853,142 0.90% 1.28%
South Asia 1,437,326,682 20,107,050 1.39% 1.87%
Southeast Asia 571,337,070 86,701,421 15.17% 8.06%
Total 3,629,067,358 120,860,699 3.33% 11.24%

Europe[edit]

Catholicism in Europe
Region Total Population Catholic  % Catholic  % of global Catholic pop.
Southeast Europe 65,903,464 6,562,775 9.95% 0.61%
Central Europe 74,591,476 56,787,176 74.8% 5.19%
Eastern Europe 228,118,665 9,702,334 4.25% 0.90%
Western Europe 381,458,905 211,466,942 55.43% 19.67%
Total 730,072,510 285,916,457 37.85% 26.37%

Middle East[edit]

Catholicism in Middle East
Region Total Population Catholic  % Catholic  % of global Catholic pop.
Middle East 260,026,365 2,990,573 1.15% 0.27%

Oceania[edit]

Catholicism in Oceania
Region Total Population Catholic  % Catholic  % of global Catholic pop.
Oceania 30,686,468 7,747,654 25.24% 0.72%

See also[edit]

General:

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