Christianity in Tanzania

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St Joseph's Catholic cathedral, Zanzibar

The CIA World Factbook states that 30% of the population is Christian with Muslims being 35% and 35% practicing indigenous beliefs, though it is uncertain how up-to-date these figures are.[1]

A 2010 Pew survey found 61.4 percent of respondents to be Christian, 35.2 percent to be Muslim, 1.8 percent to follow traditional African religions, 1.4 percent to be unaffiliated, and 0.1 percent to be Hindu.[2] A 2008-09 Pew survey found that 51 percent of Tanzanian Christians described themselves as Roman Catholic, and 44 percent described themselves as Protestant.[3]:page 22 Among Protestants, Lutherans (13 percent of Tanzanian Christians), Pentecostals (10 percent), Anglicans (10 percent), and adherents of African initiated churches (5 percent) dominate.[3]:page 23 The Orthodox Church claims an estimated 60,000 adherents in Tanzania.[3]

A 2015 study estimates some 180,000 believers in Christ from a Muslim background living in the country, most of them Protestant.[4]

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