Jehovah's Witnesses by country

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Jehovah's Witnesses have a presence in most countries in the world. These are the most recent statistics by continent, based on active members, or "publishers" as reported by the Watch Tower Society of Pennsylvania. The Society reports its active presence in various dependencies and states as separate 'lands', as noted.

Bible study figures include studies conducted by Witness parents with their unbaptized children,[1][2] which can be counted as one hour per week and one Bible study per month, per child.[3]

Africa[edit]

Country Population Peak Publishers Monthly Average Publishers Congregations Av. Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
Angola 25,789,024 128,057 121,306 1,725 595,961 564,070
Benin 11,241,706 12,759 12,012 192 30,432 42,162
Botswana 2,262,000 2,181 2,109 44 4,460 6,438
Burkina Faso 18,759,039 1,776 1,653 44 3,356 5,349
Burundi 9,396,000 13,595 12,957 270 40,291 51,587
Cameroon 24,071,647 41,721 38,373 399 74,239 97,036
Cape Verde 527,877 2,206 2,141 33 4,729 7,647
Central African Republic 4,900,000 2,547 2,525 53 8,098 17,337
Chad 14,037,000 769 705 18 1,423 4,659
Congo (Democratic Republic) 79,722,624 215,449 214,736 3,746 672,726 1,199,216
Congo (Republic) 4,740,992 6,576 6,314 78 23,282 22,598
Côte d’Ivoire 23,842,311 11,133 10,620 317 28,274 76,526
Equatorial Guinea 875,609 1,850 1,714 16 6,223 7,353
Ethiopia 99,391,000 10,277 10,116 220 7,494 25,150
Gabon 1,772,682 4,090 3,996 42 8,795 12,478
Gambia 2,056,352 262 220 4 441 639
Ghana 28,188,439 133,607 128,258 1,941 420,286 354,966
Guinea 12,947,122 857 810 20 2,091 3,554
Guinea-Bissau 1,890,111 163 149 3 589 702
Kenya 47,528,480 26,886 26,582 632 47,307 67,173
Lesotho 2,135,000 4,019 3,958 89 7,123 11,062
Liberia 4,615,222 7,137 6,332 133 21,963 45,809
Madagascar 24,915,822 33,529 31,845 718 80,595 138,470
Madeira[note 1] 256,424 1,138 1,116 17 759 1,812
Malawi 17,885,806 89,299 88,810 1,520 132,375 291,106
Mali 18,145,967 322 293 7 727 1,118
Mauritius 1,277,459 1,869 1,832 25 2,209 4,414
Mayotte[note 2] 236,507 162 156 3 381 388
Mozambique 28,947,073 56,192 54,455 1,175 101,379 223,543
Namibia 2,459,000 2,448 2,310 44 4,494 8,239
Niger 20,860,548 292 274 7 388 957
Nigeria 182,202,000 2,448 342,122 6,430 870,185 774,874
Réunion[note 3] 861,984 3,160 3,087 38 2,438 6,565
Rodrigues[note 4] 41,669 50 43 1 55 105
Rwanda 11,533,446 27,759 26,229 598 69,889 85,493
Saint Helena[note 5] 4,000 121 116 3 65 269
São Tomé and Principe 195,364 810 778 11 3,135 3,277
Senegal 15,604,407 1,263 1,205 25 2,069 2,859
Seychelles 92,430 337 324 4 406 893
Sierra Leone 6,592,102 2,214 2,071 39 5,201 10,079
South Africa 54,490,000 102,606 99,249 2,105 150,734 273,686
South Sudan 12,822,840 1,232 1,179 35 3,169 5,042
Sudan 41,394,024 624 624 16 1,653 2,485
Swaziland 1,287,000 3,217 3,106 87 4,890 8,953
Tanzania 55,538,635 16,989 16,335 477 34,592 55,136
Togo 7,544,879 20,157 19,558 293 62,762 66,727
Uganda 36,893,477 7,266 7,095 147 20,302 23,920
Zambia 15,933,883 183,586 181,568 2,972 415,706 782,527
Zimbabwe 15,764,255 45,640 44,574 1,242 107,706 116,011

North America[edit]

Country Population Peak Publishers Monthly Average Publishers Congregations Av. Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
Azores[note 1][note 6] 245,766 742 727 15 792 1,663
Canada 36,401,079 115,006 113,954 1,409 55,780 184,604
Costa Rica 4,861,300 30,593 29,973 437 33,356 70,324
El Salvador 6,148,000 41,084 39,851 684 42,813 92,606
Greenland[note 7] 56,000 169 161 5 156 317
Mexico 128,766,500 859,541 829,793 13,237 1,018,240 2,262,646
Nicaragua 6,155,700 28,642 27,651 485 42,298 88,308
Panama 3,995,500 17,193 16,529 317 23,314 50,177
Rota[note 8] 2,477 11 9 1 12 25
Saint Pierre and Miquelon[note 2] 6,286 14 13 1 7 19
Saipan[note 8] 48,200 211 200 3 369 511
Tinian[note 8] 2,500 23 17 1 27 47
United States 324,118,787 1,198,026 1,231,609 14,040 747,554 2,495,181

Caribbean[edit]

Country Population Peak Publishers Monthly Average Publishers Congregations Av. Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
Anguilla[note 5] 14,760 70 61 2 139 313
Antigua 92,740 489 463 7 605 1,364
Aruba[note 9] 104,263 1,058 1,019 14 1,102 2,840
Bahamas 392,718 1,800 1,652 27 2,186 4,739
Barbados 285,000 2,542 2,513 30 2,259 6,012
Belize 367,500 2,702 2,555 62 4,238 8,734
Bermuda[note 5] 61,662 498 444 5 327 945
Bonaire[note 10] 18,000 148 135 2 180 358
Cayman Islands[note 5] 60,764 253 237 3 243 645
Cuba 11,412,918 95,843 95,443 1,555 162,918 223,336
Curaçao[note 9] 158,635 2,063 2,025 26 2,369 5,488
Dominica 73,000 437 421 10 716 1,646
Dominican Republic 10,606,865 37,704 36,949 583 65,742 120,779
Grenada 107,327 565 542 10 609 1,524
Guadeloupe[note 3] 409,055 8,208 8,046 120 8,681 19,475
Guatemala 16,700,400 39,976 38,822 893 50,743 98,074
Haiti 9,993,000 20,554 19,754 280 42,128 86,256
Honduras 8,199,000 23,565 22,908 442 34,528 67,271
Jamaica 2,803,362 11,714 11,539 187 13,164 33,968
Martinique[note 3] 396,909 4,794 4,744 66 5,165 10,662
Montserrat[note 5] 5,154 21 20 1 82 124
Nevis[note 11] 12,000 74 65 1 73 243
Puerto Rico[note 12] 3,680,772 25,579 25,269 323 15,565 53,241
Saba[note 10] 1,800 12 9 26 43
Saint Barthélemy[note 2] 9,503 30 27 1 31 91
Saint Kitts[note 11] 44,183 211 200 4 260 685
Saint Lucia 186,383 778 739 11 1,225 2,208
Saint Martin[note 2] 36,457 322 297 5 480 1,078
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 109,645 345 328 8 519 1,105
Sint Eustatius[note 10] 4,020 29 25 1 40 93
Sint Maarten[note 9] 39,540 339 325 5 462 1,247
Trinidad & Tobago 1,360,088 9,675 9,635 126 11,445 24,459
Turks and Caicos[note 5] 34,904 330 316 6 660 1,020
Virgin Islands (British)[note 5] 30,659 256 245 4 241 846
Virgin Islands (US)[note 13] 106,415 619 571 10 551 1,706

South America[edit]

Country Population Peak Publishers Monthly Average Publishers Congregations Av. Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
Argentina 43,416,755 150,052 148,062 2,012 124,274 309,964
Bolivia 10,725,000 26,081 25,457 332 42,568 75,027
Brazil 206,482,887 829,743 808,710 11,911 916,992 1,799,512
Chile 18,191,884 76,915 75,622 979 62,656 174,925
Colombia 49,953,000 171,146 167,960 2,572 219,223 500,548
Ecuador 16,528,730 90,110 88,636 1,036 148,637 274,593
Falkland Islands[note 5] 2,912 12 11 1 10 19
French Guiana[note 3] 244,118 2,515 2,472 49 5,788 9,975
Guyana 767,085 3,100 3,016 48 5,314 12,456
Paraguay 6,750,721 10,207 9,982 227 15,344 23,452
Peru 31,826,018 127,855 121,991 1,448 193,536 358,596
Suriname 540,000 2,982 2,919 55 5,675 10,040
Uruguay 3,423,787 11,786 11,634 157 9,439 24,403
Venezuela 31,028,637 147,680 144,003 1,849 210,632 467,611

Asia[edit]

Country Population Peak Publishers Monthly Average Publishers Congregations Av. Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
Armenia 2,998,600 11,178 10,999 133 7,296 23,512
Azerbaijan 9,826,397 1,406 1,357 13 1,798 2,911
Bangladesh 160,995,642 282 271 6 643 969
Cambodia 15,577,899 1,021 986 14 2,524 2,790
Cyprus 885,600 2,584 2,563 41 1,821 4,873
Georgia 3,720,400 18,619 18,216 231 8,306 32,216
Hong Kong[note 14] 7,346,700 5,563 5,429 59 5,903 9,508
India 1,330,713,000 44,861 43,910 624 57,586 124,547
Indonesia 258,316,051 26,741 25,967 477 32,731 56,404
Israel 8,751,200 1,604 1,564 27 1,322 3,430
Japan 126,573,481 214,173 213,818 3,059 160,289 300,963
Kazakhstan 17,670,579 17,725 17,521 256 12,446 32,067
Korea (South) 50,504,000 99,962 99,724 1,331 77,592 135,398
Kyrgyzstan 6,019,500 5,178 5,124 69 5,182 10,833
Lebanon 6,023,372 3,684 3,641 57 2,115 6,458
Macau[note 14] 652,500 329 289 5 329 717
Malaysia 30,700,000 5,055 4,936 113 8,755 13,330
Mongolia 2,959,134 473 448 9 830 1,297
Myanmar 54,479,161 4,211 4,139 76 4,106 8,847
Nepal 28,441,000 2,367 2,322 36 4,833 7,261
Pakistan 192,826,502 1,034 975 19 1,205 4,392
Palestinian Territory[note 15] 4,810,000 78 73 2 64 190
Philippines 100,981,437 209,131 202,431 3,315 269,655 584,685
Russia 146,074,524 171,828 170,415 2,315 107,312 293,933
Sri Lanka 20,810,816 5,969 5,915 108 8,411 15,790
Taiwan 23,510,000 10,126 9,941 147 14,617 19,558
Thailand 68,200,800 4,574 4,493 109 6,927 9,986
Turkey 79,000,000 2,829 2,727 38 1,806 4,960

Europe[edit]

Country Population Peak Publishers Monthly Average Publishers Congregations Av. Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
Albania 3,204,000 5,574 5,487 89 5,994 11,562
Andorra 72,040 174 164 3 111 354
Austria 8,699,730 21,561 21,353 299 12,766 35,731
Belarus 9,496,000 5,903 5,854 78 4,859 10,231
Belgium 11,267,910 25,437 24,818 354 11,715 42,991
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,810,000 1,160 1,146 16 517 1,883
Bulgaria 7,186,893 2,408 2,376 55 3,182 5,454
Croatia 4,240,000 5,335 5,264 64 2,123 8,434
Czech Republic 10,564,866 15,594 15,490 222 7,411 26,656
Denmark 5,669,000 14,719 14,622 179 6,054 21,779
Estonia 1,315,944 4,065 4,031 55 2,563 6,464
Faroe Islands[note 7] 48,000 134 129 4 120 203
Finland 5,487,308 18,477 18,397 300 10,099 26,061
France 64,500,000 128,759 127,087 1,714 61,531 223,556
Germany 82,175,684 165,624 164,243 2,159 81,494 274,379
Gibraltar[note 5] 32,259 134 124 2 47 185
Greece 10,787,690 28,715 28,537 389 12,838 47,027
Hungary 9,821,000 22,231 22,035 297 11,631 39,543
Iceland 329,000 398 368 6 251 675
Ireland 4,713,993 6,585 6,407 119 3,647 12,077
Italy 60,665,551 251,092 250,249 2,976 118,676 438,412
Kosovo[note 16] 2,350,000 257 247 7 482 548
Latvia 1,939,050 2,290 2,249 36 1,952 3,519
Liechtenstein 37,623 89 85 1 38 141
Lithuania 2,862,786 3,079 3,042 46 2,496 4,991
Luxembourg 583,189 2,108 2,082 32 1,147 3,996
Macedonia 2,078,453 1,310 1,289 24 1,002 2,856
Malta 419,000 747 694 8 262 1,210
Moldova 4,069,000 19,800 19,653 242 13,800 37,091
Montenegro 631,490 264 258 6 167 541
Netherlands 17,054,563 29,839 29,490 362 12,802 51,404
Norway 5,211,000 11,664 11,535 168 5,654 18,165
Poland 38,437,239 119,932 118,947 1,305 50,479 190,613
Portugal 9,839,140 48,999 48,484 647 26,864 88,538
Romania 21,136,000 40,398 40,151 547 24,533 79,150
San Marino 33,121 195 193 2 96 313
Serbia 8,118,146 3,894 3,855 63 2,419 8,381
Slovakia 5,427,917 11,441 11,321 140 4,521 21,547
Slovenia 2,068,000 1,905 1,889 30 1,058 2,977
Spain 46,025,318 112,455 110,393 1,502 55,903 190,976
Sweden 9,779,000 22,430 22,238 310 10,586 35,476
Switzerland 8,327,126 19,327 18,838 275 9,788 32,819
Ukraine 42,480,549 141,846 140,356 1,578 80,903 242,086
United Kingdom 65,111,143 138,261 134,517 1,613 61,280 226,750

Oceania[edit]

Country Population Peak Publishers Monthly Average Publishers Congregations Av. Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
American Samoa[note 13] 54,194 210 202 3 345 708
Australia 24,224,401 67,418 66,689 793 30,230 116,596
Chuuk[note 17] 48,651 82 43 2 162 232
Cook Islands[note 18] 14,974 195 188 3 182 450
East Timor 1,167,242 340 318 4 607 919
Fiji 897,537 3,098 2,881 79 4,513 11,821
Guam[note 13] 159,358 736 705 9 1,032 1,858
Kiribati 114,405 146 134 4 273 349
Kosrae[note 17] 6,616 28 20 1 56 107
Marshall Islands 69,747 211 176 4 458 870
Nauru 10,263 19 15 1 32 130
New Caledonia[note 2] 275,202 2,333 2,252 33 3,167 7,198
New Zealand 4,718,126 14,242 13,895 186 8,389 26,527
Niue[note 18] 1,190 24 23 1 20 70
Norfolk Island[note 19] 1,796 6 6 1 3 16
Palau 21,108 79 75 2 181 220
Papua New Guinea 7,708,577 4,586 4,112 109 7,865 35,593
Pohnpei[note 17] 35,981 75 70 1 164 235
Samoa 194,899 548 510 12 873 2,272
Solomon Islands 596,109 2,039 1,935 52 2,346 10,044
Tahiti[note 2] 268,207 3,206 3,162 46 4,307 9,721
Tonga 106,326 235 197 3 249 593
Tuvalu 9,943 73 52 1 69 214
Vanuatu 270,470 717 624 14 1,509 3,327
Wallis and Futuna[note 2] 11,504 43 37 1 68 185
Yap[note 17] 11,376 29 27 1 101 145

Other[edit]

In addition to the published figures for individual countries, statistics are also published collectively for countries where Jehovah's Witnesses operate covertly under ban,[4][5] including several Islamic and communist states.[6]

Country Peak Publishers Monthly Average Publishers Congregations Average Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
31 "Other Lands" 41,775 40,167 907 73,443 82,546

Total[edit]

Countries/Territories Peak Publishers Monthly Average Publishers Congregations Average Bible Studies Memorial Attendance
240 8,340,847 8,132,358 119,485 10,115,264 20,085,142

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Portuguese autonomous region
  2. ^ a b c d e f g French overseas collectivity
  3. ^ a b c d Overseas department of France
  4. ^ Dependency of Mauritius
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i British overseas territory
  6. ^ Located on the North American plate in the Atlantic Ocean.
  7. ^ a b Danish autonomous region
  8. ^ a b c United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  9. ^ a b c Constituent country of the Netherlands
  10. ^ a b c Special municipality of the Netherlands
  11. ^ a b Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
  12. ^ Self-governing US territory
  13. ^ a b c US insular area
  14. ^ a b Chinese special administrative region
  15. ^ Disputed territory comprising West Bank and Gaza Strip under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian National Authority and the Hamas Government in Gaza
  16. ^ Disputed territory within Serbia
  17. ^ a b c d Federated States of Micronesia
  18. ^ a b Self-governing in free association with New Zealand
  19. ^ Australian external territory

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Question Box–Should a family Bible study be reported to the congregation?". Our Kingdom Ministry. Watch Tower Society: 3. November 2003. 
  2. ^ "Question Box—May both parents report the time used for the regular family study?". Our Kingdom Ministry: 3. September 2008. 
  3. ^ Organized To Do Jehovah´s Will. 2005–2011. pp. 98–99, 85–87, 87. 
  4. ^ "Keep Conquering the Evil With the Good". The Watchtower: 29–30. July 1, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Global Support for the Kingdom Issue". The Watchtower: 23. January 1, 1983. Due to the viciousness of the enemy, and to protect our brothers, some of these places are not listed individually in the tabulated report, but the totals of their service appear in the line above the grand total, headed ... Other Countries 
  6. ^ Map indicating countries in which JW activities are banned
  7. ^ 2017 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses. 2016. pp. 178–187. 

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