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Religions of the world

Religious makeup of countries N to Z

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In the table below:

bullet Numbers are shown as percentage of the total population.
bullet The following abbreviations are used:
bullet A Atheist
bullet B Buddhist
bullet C Christian
bullet EL Evangelical Lutheran
bullet H Hindu
bullet I Indigenous, Aboriginal, Animist, Traditional faith groups
bullet J Judaism
bullet M Muslim
bullet N None
bullet O Orthodox Christian
bullet P Protestant Christian
bullet R Roman Catholic Christian
bullet Sh Shi'a Muslim
bullet Su Sunni Muslim
bullet T Taoism

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Countries whose names begin with the letter A to D and E to M are listed separately.

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It is important to realize that these data are typically based on surveys of adults. In many countries, the vast majority of citizens are only nominally affiliated with a religious group. In much of Europe, less than 15% of the population actually attend church or other religious establishment weekly. In the U.S., about 40% say that they attend weekly; only 20% actually do. In Canada the corresponding numbers are about 20% and 10%

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Country Formal Name Religious Makeup
Nambia Republic of Nambia Lutheran 50; other C 30
Nauru Republic of Nauru Mainly C
Nepal Kingdom of Nepal H* 90; B 5; M 3
Netherlands Kingdom of the Netherlands C 34; P 25
New Zealand Same Anglican 24; Presbterian 18; R 15
Nicaragua Republic of Nicaragua R 95
Niger Republic of Niger M 80
Nigeria Federal Republic of Nigeria M 50; C 40
Norway Kingdom of Norway EL 88
Oman Sultanate of Oman M 75
Pakistan Islamic Republic of Pakistan Su 77; Sh 20
Palau Republic of Palau R, P, Modekngei
Panama Republic of Panama R 85; P 15
Papua New Guinea Independent State of Papua New Guinea I 34; R 22; Lutheran 16
Paraguay Republic of Paraguay R 90
Peru Republic of Peru Mainly R
Philippines Republic of the Philippines R 83; P 9; M 5
Poland Republic of Poland R 95
Portugal Portuguese Republic R 97
Qatar State of Qatar M 95
Romania Same Romanian O 70; R 6; P 6
Russia Russian Federation 25% Russian O, 60% N, M, others **
Rwanda Republic of Rwanda R 65; I 25
Saint Kitts and Nevis Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis P 85
Saint Lucia Same R 90; P 7
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Same Anglican, Methodist, R
Samoa Independent State of Samoa C 99.7
San Marino Most Serene Republic of San Marino Mainly R
São Tomé and Príncipe Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe R, P
Saudi Arabia Kingdom of Saudi Arabia M 100%
Senegal Republic of Senegal M 92; I 6; C 2
Seychelles Republic of Seychelles R 90; Anglican 8
Sierra Leone Republic of Sierra Leone M 60; I 30; C10
Singapore Republic of Singapore B 32; T 22; M 15; C 13; H 3
Slovakia Slovak Republic R 60; P 8
Slovenia Republic of Slovenia R 71
Solomon Islands Same Anglican 34; R 19; Baptist 17; Other C 26
Somalia Same Su
South Africa Republic of South Africa C 68; I 29
Spain Kingdom of Spain R 99
Sri Lanka Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka B 69; H 15; C 8; M 8
Sudan Republic of the Sudan Su 70; I 25
Suriname Republic of Suriname H 27; P 25; C 23; M 20
Swaziland Kingdom of Swaziland C 60; I 40
Sweden Kingdom of Sweden EL 94
Switzerland Swiss Confederation R 47; P 40
Syria Syria Arab Republic Su 74; Other M 16; C 10
Tiwan Republic of China B, T, Confucian 93; C 5
Tajikistan Republic of Tajikistan Su 80
Tanzania United Republic of Tanzania C 45; M 35; I 20
Thailand Kingdom of Thailand B 95; M 4
Togo Republic of Togo I 70; C 20; M 10
Tonga Kingdom of Tonga Free Wesleyan 44; R 16
Trinidad and Tobago Republic of Trinidad and Tobago R 32; P 28; H 24
Tunisia Republic of Tunisia M 98
Turkey Republic of Turkey M 100
Turkmenistan Republic of Turkmenistan M 89; O 9
Tuvalu Same Congregationalist 97
Uganda Republic of Uganda P 33; R 33; I 18; M 16
Ukraine Same Ukranian O; R
United Arab Emirates Same M 96; C, H
United Kingdom United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Anglican, R, other C, M
United States United States of America P 61; R 23; O 1; J 1; M 1
Uruguay Oriental Republic of Uruguay R 66
Uzbekistan Republic of Uzbekistan M 88; O 9
Vanuatu Republic of Vanuatu Presbyterian 37; Anglican 15; R 15, I 8
Vatican City The Holy See R 100
Venezuela Republic of Venezuela R 96
Vietnam Socialist Republic of Vietnam B, T, R, I
Yemen Republic of Yemen Mostly M
Yugoslavia Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Serbian O 65; M 19; R 4
Zambia Republic of Zambia C, H, M
Zimbabwe Republic of Zimbabwe C and I 50; C 25; I 24

* Established as the state religion.

** From the Cambridge Factfinder 1

Although care was taken in the preparation of this data, we cannot be responsible for any errors or their consequences.

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Countries whose names begin with the letter A to D and E to M are listed separately.

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  1. David Crystal, Ed., "The Cambridge Factfinder," Cambridge Univ. Press, (1994) Read reviews or order the 1998 edition of this book

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 Latest update: 2011-FEB-21
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