Religion in Qatar
Islam is the majority religion in Qatar. According to the 2004 census, 77.5% of the population are Muslim, 8.5% are Christian and 14% are "other" (mostly followers of Hinduism and other Indian religions). According to 2010 data collected by the Pew Forum 67.7% are Muslim, 13.8% are Hindu, 13.8% are Christian, 3.1% are Buddhist, 0.7% follow other religions and 0.9% are unaffiliated to any religion.
The Vatican estimates the Catholic minority at 11% of the population of the country. Most of the Catholics are temporary workers from the Philippines. Orthodox churches are among the churches that have been recognised. There are also many Protestant churches in the country.
Hinduism and Buddhism
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