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Revealed: Most (and Least) Religious Countries in the World Based on Religious Beliefs 2020

Somalia is once again seen as the most religious country in the world, according to the survey by CEOWORLD magazine in partnership with the Global Business Policy Institute, a characterization of 148 countries based on a survey of more than 370,000 citizens of the world . Niger is the second most religious nation, according to the survey, with just 99.7% of residents saying they feel religious. In third place in the polls is Bangladesh, where only 99.5% of the population feels religious.

Meanwhile, India, the birthplace of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism, ranks 54th. The United States, with the freedom to practice its religion guaranteed by its Constitution, ranked 104th. Ireland and Israel rank at No. 110 and No. 11, respectively, in terms of perceived religiosity. The Basic Law in Israel describes the country as a Jewish state and “protects freedom of conscience, faith, religion and worship, regardless of an individual’s religious affiliation,” according to State Department report Report on International Religious Freedom for 2016.

Ethiopia, Yemen, Malawi, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Mauritania and Djibouti round out the top 10 most religious countries based on this data. The term “religious”, an adjective which Merriam-Webster defines as “faithful devotion to a reality or to a recognized ultimate deity”; or “devoted to religious beliefs or practices”; or “scrupulously and conscientiously faithful”, but may have different meanings to different people. China is considered the least religious country. Less than 10% of residents said they feel religious in this nation. Estonia is the second least religious nation, with just 16% of residents saying they feel religious. In third place in the polls is Sweden, where only 17% of the population feels religious.

Most religious countries in the world based on religious beliefs, 2020

Rank Country Feel religious
1 Somalia 99.8
2 Niger 99.7
3 Bangladesh 99.5
4 Ethiopia 99.3
5 Yemen 99.1
6 Malawi 99
seven Indonesia 98.7
8 Sri Lanka 98.6
9 Mauritania 98.5
ten Djibouti 98.2
11 Burundi 98
12 Egypt 97
13 Thailand 97
14 Morocco 97
15 Laos 97
16 Afghanistan 97
17 Guinea 97
18 Comoros 97
19 Burma 97
20 Senegal 96
21 Philippines 96
22 Nigeria 96
23 Malaysia 96
24 Jordan 96
25 Cameroon 96
26 Cambodia 96
27 Zambia 95
28 Rwanda 95
29 Qatar 95
30 Mali 95
31 Ghana 95
32 Republic of Congo 95
33 Chad 95
34 Algeria 95
35 Bahrain 94
36 Liberia 94
37 Kenya 94
38 DR Congo 94
39 Central African Republic 94
40 Uganda 93
41 Tunisia 93
42 Sudan 93
43 Saudi Arabia 93
44 Nepal 93
45 Madagascar 93
46 Palestine 93
47 Benign 93
48 Trinidad and Tobago 92
49 Paraguay 92
50 Pakistan 92
51 Namibia 92
52 United Arab Emirates 91
53 Kuwait 91
54 India 90
55 Tanzania 89
56 Syria 89
57 Bolivia 89
58 Burkina Faso 88
59 Zimbabwe 88
60 Panama 88
61 Ivory Coast 88
62 Guatemala 88
63 Angola 88
64 Brazil 87
65 Lebanon 87
66 Dominican Republic 87
67 Mozambique 86
68 Malta 86
69 Tajikistan 85
70 South Africa 85
71 Porto Rico 85
72 Romania 84
73 Peru 84
74 Nicaragua 84
75 Iraq 84
76 Honduras 84
77 El Salvador 83
78 Colombia 83
79 Turkey 82
80 Ecuador 82
81 Georgia 81
82 Turkmenistan 80
83 Go 80
84 Venezuela 79
85 Costa Rica 79
86 Botswana 77
87 Bosnia herzegovina 77
88 Poland 75
89 Haiti 75
90 Cyprus 75
91 Armenia 73
92 Mexico 73
93 Iran 73
94 Portugal 72
95 Moldova 72
96 Kyrgyzstan 72
97 Italy 72
98 Montenegro 71
99 Greece 71
100 Singapore 70
101 Jamaica 70
102 Croatia 70
103 Chile 70
104 United States 69
105 Argentina 65
106 Belize 62
107 Uzbekistan 59
108 Austria 55
109 Serbia 54
110 Ireland 54
111 Israel 51
112 Azerbaijan 50
113 Spain 49
114 Slovenia 47
115 Slovakia 47
116 Ukraine 46
117 Taiwan 45
118 South Korea 43
119 Kazakhstan 43
120 Lithuania 42
121 Canada 42
122 Uruguay 41
123 Switzerland 41
124 Germany 40
125 Albania 39
126 Luxembourg 39
127 Latvia 39
128 Hungary 39
129 Russia 34
130 Cuba 34
131 Belarus 34
132 Bulgaria 34
133 Belgium 33
134 New Zealand 33
135 Netherlands 33
136 Australia 32
137 Vietnam 30
138 France 30
139 Finland 28
140 UK 27
141 Japan 24
142 Hong Kong 24
143 Norway 21
144 Czech Republic 21
145 Denmark 19
146 Sweden 17
147 Estonia 16
148 China seven

Denmark, the Czech Republic, Norway, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom and Finland round out the top 10 least religious countries based on this data. Overall, in the average of the countries surveyed, 74.44% of adults say that religion is very important in their life. However, levels of religious engagement (affiliation, importance of religion, worship participation, and frequency of prayer) vary widely across the world.


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