Irreligion in Uruguay

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Religion in Uruguay (2015)[1]

  Believer without confession (6.3%)
  Atheist, agnostic, none (41.7%)
  Catholic (37.4%)
  Other Christian (9.9%)
  Umbanda (1.9%)
  Judaism (0.2%)
  Other (1.0%)

Irreligion in Uruguay refers to the secularity or atheism in the country. Over 47% of the population is irreligious. Uruguay is traditionally the least religious country in South America.[2][3][4][5]

Secularization in Uruguay[edit]

Uruguay is the most secularized nation in all of the Americas with the highest percentage of atheists and agnostics.[6] 17.2% of the population is atheist or agnostic according to the Uruguayan census.[7] According to a study by Kauffman, in 2010 47% of the Uruguayan population is defined not religious (of which 24% are atheist, agnostic are 14% and 9% are categorised as sceptical, but neither atheist nor agnostic).[8] The figures for atheism and irreligion in Uruguay are higher than any other country in the Western Hemisphere. According to a study by CID-Gallup in 2012, Uruguay is the sixth least religious country in the world (with 29% religious), only behind countries such as the Netherlands (26%), the Czech Republic (23%), Sweden (19%), Japan (13%) and China (7%).[9]

Religious practice in Uruguay[edit]

Many Uruguayans nominally describe themselves as Roman Catholics, but their daily life is usually unaffected by religion.[10]


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