Christianity by country

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Christianity by country

As of the year 2015, Christianity has more than 2.4 billion adherents, out of about 7.5 billion people. [1] [2] [3] [4] [lower-alpha 1] The faith represents one-third of the world's population and is the largest religion in the world, with the three largest groups of Christians being the Catholic Church, Protestantism, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. [5] The largest Christian denomination is the Catholic Church, with 1.3 billion baptized members. [6] The second largest Christian branch is either Protestantism (if it is considered a single group), or the Eastern Orthodox Church (if Protestants are considered to be divided into multiple denominations).

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Christianity is the predominant religion in Europe, Russia, North America, South America, the Philippines, East Timor, Southern Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, and Oceania. [7] There are also large Christian communities in other parts of the world, such as Indonesia, Central Asia, and the Middle East, where Christianity is the second-largest religion after Islam. The United States has the largest Christian population in the world, followed by Brazil and Mexico. [8]

Christianity in multiple forms is the state religion of the following 15 nations: Argentina (Catholic Church), [9] Armenia (Armenian Apostolic Church), Tuvalu (Church of Tuvalu), Tonga (Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga), Costa Rica (Catholic Church), [10] Kingdom of Denmark (Danish National Church), [11] England (Church of England), [12] Greece (Eastern Orthodox Church), Georgia (Eastern Orthodox Church), [13] [14] Iceland (Church of Iceland), [15] Liechtenstein (Catholic Church), [16] Malta (Catholic Church), [17] Monaco (Catholic Church), [18] Vatican City (Catholic Church), [19] and Zambia. Christianity used to be the state religion of the former Ethiopian Empire (adopted in 340 A.D. by the Kingdom of Aksum) prior to the government's overthrow. [20]

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By country

Note: Population data are compiled using statistical science and are subject to observational error; these numbers should therefore be considered estimates only. The total number of Christians for each country is based on the number of people who are members of a Christian denomination or who identify themselves as Christian, plus their children. The number of people who actually believe in God or who regularly attend church is not addressed. People who mix Christianity with tribal religions are counted as Christians in this article. Most of the numbers for the Christian percentage of the population for each country were taken from the US State Department's International Religious Freedom Report, the CIA World Factbook , Joshua Project, Open doors, Pew Forum, and Adherents.com.

UN members and dependent territories

Christianity by country
CountryChristians% Christian% Catholic% Protestant/ Orthodox/ Other ChristianGDP/Capita PPP World Bank 2012
Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan (details)6,250/8,000 [21] -30,000 [22] 0.02%-0.1% [22] 1,399
Flag of Albania.svg  Albania (details)580,00017.0% [23] 10%7%9,443
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria (details)380,000 [24] 2%1%1%8,515
Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa (details)70,00098.3%20%78%
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra (details)78,00089.5%88.2% [25] 1.3%
Flag of Angola.svg  Angola (details)17,094,00075% [26] 50%25%6,105
Flag of Anguilla.svg  Anguilla (details)15,00090.5%3%87%
Flag of Antigua and Barbuda.svg  Antigua and Barbuda (details)66,00074.0%10%64%19,964
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina (details)37,561,00086% [27] -90% [28] 71% [27] -77%13%-15% [27] 12,034
Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia (details)2,826,000 [29] 97.9% [29] 97.9% [29] 6,645
Flag of Aruba.svg  Aruba (details)98,00088%80.8%7.8%
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (details)12,201,60052.1% [30] 22.6%29.6%44,462
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria (details)5,940,00067.3%57.9% [31] 9.4%43,324
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan (details)280,000 [32] 3.1%3.1%10,624
Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas (details)335,97595% [33] 12.0%83.0%31,629
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain (details)185,00015.0% [34] 9.0%23,886
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh (details)420,0000.4% [35] 0.4%1,883
Flag of Barbados.svg  Barbados (details)244,00074% [36] 4.2%70%18,805
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus (details)5,265,00055.4% [37] 7.1%48.3%15,579
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium (details)6,860,00065% [38] 58% [38] 7% [38] 38,884
Flag of Belize.svg  Belize (details)247,00076.7%40%36.7%7,529
Flag of Benin.svg  Benin (details)3,943,00042.8%27%15%1,583
Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda (details)44,00064.7%15%50%
Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan (details)7,0001.0%0.1%0.9%6,699
Flag of Bolivia.svg  Bolivia (details)9,730,00089.0%76%13%5,281
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina (details)1,622,093 [39] 45.94% [39] 15.19% [39] 30.75% [39] 9,235
Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana (details)1,416,00071.6%5%66%16,986
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil (details)180,770,000 [40] 90.0% [40] 64.6% [40] 25.4% [40] 11,909
Flag of the British Virgin Islands.svg  British Virgin Islands (details)23,00094.0%85%9%
Flag of Brunei.svg  Brunei (details)45,00011.0%53,348
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria (details)6,364,00085.0% [38] 1%84% [38] 15,933
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso (details)3,746,00022.0%18%4%1,513
Flag of Burundi.svg  Burundi (details)7,662,00075.0%60%15%560
Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia (details)148,0001.0%0.15%0.85%2,494
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon (details)13,390,00065.0%38.4%26.3%2,324
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada (details)22,103,00067.3% [41] 38.7%29%42,693
Flag of Cape Verde.svg  Cape Verde (details)487,00089.1% [22] 78.7%10.4%4,430
Flag of the Cayman Islands.svg  Cayman Islands (details)42,00073.8%
Flag of the Central African Republic.svg  Central African Republic (details)2,302,00080%29%51%857
Flag of Chad.svg  Chad (details)4,150,000 [22] 35.0%20%15%1,493
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile (details)9,900,00068% [42] 55%13%22,655
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  People's Republic of China (details)31,220,000 [43] -67,070,000 [22] 2.3%-4.0% [44] 0.3%2%9,233
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia (details)43,560,00092% [45] 79%13%10,587
Flag of the Comoros.svg  Comoros (details)15,0002.1%1,230
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands (details)19,00086%16.8%69.6%
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo, Republic of (details)3,409,00090.7%50%40%4,426
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo, Democratic Republic of (details)63,150,00092%50%42%422
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica (details)3,912,00083%69%14%12,943
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Côte d'Ivoire (details)7,075,00032.8%28.9%3.9%2,039
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia (details)4,107,00090.1% [46] 86.2%4.7%20,532
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba (details)6,670,000 [22] 59.2% [22] 52.7%7.5%
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus (details)863,00079% [47] [48] 1%78%30,597
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic (details)1,175,00034% [38] 29.0% [38] 5.0% [38] 26,426
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (details)4,400,754 [49] 79%1%77.8% [50] 41,388
Flag of Djibouti.svg  Djibouti (details)53,0006.0%1%5%2,784
Flag of Dominica.svg  Dominica (details)59,00088.7%61%27%12,643
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic (details)9,734,00083%65%18%10,204
Flag of East Timor.svg  East Timor (details)1,152,00099.1% [51] 96.9%2.2%
Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador (details)14,099,00094.0%74%20%9,738
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt (details)9,029,00010.0% [52] 6,723
Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador (details)5,073,00081.9%52.6%29.3%7,069
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea (details)683,00088.7% [22] 80.7%8.0%30,233
Flag of Eritrea.svg  Eritrea (details)2,871,00050% [53] 4%45%566
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia (details)310,00045% [38] 3% [38] 42% [38] 23,024
Flag of Eswatini.svg  Eswatini (details)994,00082.7%25%57.7%5,246
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia (details)52,580,00064%0.7%63.4%1,139
Flag of the Falkland Islands.svg  Falkland Islands (details)3,00094.3%94%
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands (details)33,00095.4% [54] 94%
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji (details)540,00064.4%8.9%55.5%4,943
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland (details)3,965,000 [55] 71.9% [55] 0.3%71.6%38,230
Flag of France.svg  France (details)36,700,000-40,000,00051.1% [56] -58% [38] /63-66% [57] 50-63% [58] /54% [38] 4% [38] 35,845
Flag of Gabon.svg  Gabon (details)1,081,00088.0% [59] 41.9%46.1%16,086
Flag of The Gambia.svg  Gambia (details)79,0004.2% [60] 1,948
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia (details)3,930,00088.6% [61] 0.9%87.7%5,902
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany (details)46,600,00056.1% [62] 27.7% [62] 28.4% [62] 40,394
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana (details)19,300,00071.2% [63] 13.1%58.1%2,048
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece (details)11,000,00098%0.7%97.3%24,667
Flag of Greenland.svg  Greenland (details)55,00096.6%96.6%
Flag of Grenada.svg  Grenada (details)101,00097.3%53%45%10,827
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala (details)14,018,00087%47%40%5,100
Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea (details)1,032,0008.9% [64] 5%5%1,069
Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg  Guinea-Bissau (details)165,00010.0%10.0%1,192
Flag of Guyana.svg  Guyana (details)434,00057.0%8%49%3,399
Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti (details)9,597,00096.0%80.0%16.0%1,228
Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras (details)6,660,00088% [65] 47%41%4,194
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong (details)835,00011.8% [66] 5.0%6.8%51,946
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (details)5,254,179 [67] - 6,501,000 [38] 52.87% [67] -65.0% [38] 38.96% [67] -58.0% [38] 13.91% [67] 21,570
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland (details)274,000 [68] 76.8% [68] 3.9% [68] 72.9% [68] 37,533
Flag of India.svg  India (details)30,000,0002.3% [29] 1.3%1.0%3,876
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia (details)24,000,00010% [69] 3%7%4,956
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran (details)380,000 [70] 0.4%0.4%11,395
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq (details)944,0003.0%3.0%4,246
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland (details)3,992,000 [71] 83.8% [71] 78.2% [71] 5.6% [71] 42,662
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel (details)266,0003.5%3.5%28,809
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (details)53,230,000 [72] 83%81.2%2%32,512
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica (details)1,784,00065.3%2%63.3%7,083
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan (details)2,921,0002.3% [73] 1%1%35,204
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan (details)388,0006.0% [74] 6,148
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan (details)4,150,000 [22] 26.2% [22] 2.3%23.9%13,892
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya (details)34,774,00085.1%23.4%61.7%1,761
Flag of North Korea.svg  Korea, North (details)406,0001.7%
Flag of South Korea.svg  Korea, South (details)14,601,000 [22] 29.2% [22] 10.9%18.3%30,722
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait (details)458,00015.0%3.2%12.8%49,001
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan (details)610,000 [22] -944,00011.4% [22] -17.0% [75] 2,409
Flag of Laos.svg  Laos (details)145,0002.2%1%1%2,926
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia (details)1,570,00070% [38] -80% [76] 24.1% [38] -25.1% [76] [77] 46.8% [38] -54.9% [76] 21,005
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon (details)1,600,000-1,800,000 [78] [79] 38.0%-41.0%26%15%16,610
Flag of Lesotho.svg  Lesotho (details)1,876,00090.0%45%45%1,963
Flag of Liberia.svg  Liberia (details)1,391,00085.5% [80] 85.5%655
Flag of Libya.svg  Libya (details)170,000 [22] 2.7% [22] 0.5%1.5%17,665
Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein (details)30,00084.4% [81] 75.9%8.5%
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania (details)2,827,00081.4% [82] -86.0% [38] 77.2% [83] -80.0% [38] 5.6%-6.0% [38] 23,487
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg (details)360,00072.4% [84] 68.7%3.7%88,318
Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar (details)8,260,00041.0%978
Flag of Malawi.svg  Malawi (details)12,538,00079.9%902
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia (details)2,820,0009.2% [85] 17,143
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives (details)3000.08%9,072
Flag of Mali.svg  Mali (details)348,0002.4% [86] 1,214
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta (details)400,00091.6% [87] 88.6%3.0%29,013
Flag of Mauritania.svg  Mauritania (details)5,0000.14%2,603
Flag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius (details)418,00032.2%15,649
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico (details)107,780,00092.4% [88] 82.7%9.7%16,676
Flag of Federated States of Micronesia.svg  Micronesia, Federated States of (details)106,00095.4%3,824
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova (details)3,480,00095.3% [22] 2.0%93.3%3,424
Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco (details)30,00082.6% [89] 77.0 [89]
Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia (details)58,0002.1%5,462
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro (details)500,00078.8% [90] 3.4%72.4%14,206
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco (details)336,0001% [91] 5,193
Flag of Mozambique.svg  Mozambique (details)13,121,00056.1%28.4%27.7%1,024
Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar (details)3,790,0006.2%1%5.2%
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia (details)1,991,00090.0%13.7%76.3%7,488
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal (details)269,0000.9%0.1%0.8%1,484
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands (details)5,750,000-7,900,00034%-44% [38] 22.0% [38] -23.3% [92] -10.2% [93] -22.0% [38] 42,938
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand (details)1,738,638 [94] 37.0% [94] 10.0% [94] 27.0% [94] 31,499
Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua (details)5,217,00084.6%58.8%25.8%4,072
Flag of Niger.svg  Niger (details)85,0000.5%5%665
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria (details)74,400,000-107,000,00040% [95] - 58% [96] 10–14,5%30–43,5%6,204
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia (details)1,334,00065% [97] 0.3%64.7%11,710
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway (details)3,844,000 [98] 76.7%2.4% [99] 74.3%62,767
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman (details)180,000 [22] 6.5% [22] 27,015
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan (details)3,300,0001.6% [100] 0.8%0.8%2,891
Flag of Palau.svg  Palau (details)16,00077.9%65%12.9%19,031
Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestinian Territories (details)47,000 [22] 1%-2.5% [22] 14.50
Flag of Panama.svg  Panama (details)3,057,00092.0%80%12%16,615
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea (details)6,800,00097%27%70%2,898
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay (details)6,260,00096% [65] 88%8%6,138
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru (details)27,635,00087% [65] 77%10%10,940
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines (details)86,500,00085% [101] 80%5%4,413
Flag of the Pitcairn Islands.svg  Pitcairn Islands (details)50100.0%100%
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (details)36,090,00094.3%86.3%8%21,903
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal (details)10,110,000 [102] 84.3% [103] 81.0%3.3%25,305
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico (details)3,878,00097.0%50%47%
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar (details)263,00013.8%86,507
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania (details)18,067,00098.0% [38] 11.0% [38] 87.0% [38] 16,518
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia (details)66,000,000-99,775,000 [104] [105] 46.6% [106] -77.0% [107] [108] <0.1%46.6%-77.0%23,549
Flag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda (details)9,619,00093.6%56.9%26%1,354
Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino (details)31,00091.6% [22] 90.5%1.1%
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia (details)1,500,0005% [109]
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal (details)570,0004.2% [110] 1,944
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia (details)7,260,00091.0% [111] 5.0%86.0%11,544
Flag of the Seychelles.svg  Seychelles (details)80,00094.7%82%15.2%27,008
Flag of Sierra Leone.svg  Sierra Leone (details)619,000-1,294,00010% [112] -20.9% [113] 1,359
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore (details)900,00018.0% [114] 5.7%12%61,803
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia (details)4,730,00080.0% [38] 67.0% [38] 13.0% [38] 24,896
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia (details)1,610,00068.0% [38] 64.0% [38] 4.0% [38] 26,801
Flag of Somalia.svg  Somalia (details)1,000 [115] 0.01%0.0002%0.01%
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa (details)43,090,00079.8% [116] 5%75%11,440
Flag of South Sudan.svg  South Sudan (details)6,010,000 [117] 60.5% [118] 30%30%
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain (details)33,000,00071% [119] -72% [38] 68% [38] [120] 2% [38] 32,129
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka (details)1,531,0007.5%6.1%1.4%6,247
Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan (details)525,0001.5% [121]
Flag of Suriname.svg  Suriname (details)262,00048.4% [122] 21.6%26.8%8,858
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (details)6,292,00065% [123] 2%63%42,217
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland (details)5,700,00066.9% [124] -69.1% [125] 36.5% [124] -37.9% [125] 30.4% [124] -31.2% [125] 55,246
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria (details)1,800,000 [126] 10.0% [22] 2%8%5,436
Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan (details)110,000 [22] 1.4%0.1%1.3%2,247
Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania (details)31,342,00061.4% [127] 1,601
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand (details)778,0001.2%0.6%0.6%9,815
Flag of Togo.svg  Togo (details)1,966,00029.0%1,051
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga (details)84,00081.0%16%65%5,026
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago (details)774,00057.6% [128] 21.5%33.4%26,647
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia (details)7,0000.06%0.06%9,795
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey (details)120,000 [129] -310,000 [130] 0.2%17,651
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan (details)466,0009.0% [131] 9%10,583
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda (details)29,943,00088.6%41.9%46.7%1,352
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine (details)34,830,000 [132] 81.9% [132] 7.5%74.4%7,418
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates (details)940,0009.0% [133] 7%2%42,384
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom (details)33,200,00059.3% [134] 8.9%50%35,819
Flag of the United States.svg  United States (details)213,000,000 [135] 65% [135] 20% [135] 45% [135] 49,965
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay (details)1,941,00058.1% [42] 47%11%16,037
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan (details)710,000 [22] 2.6% [22] 2.6% [22]
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela (details)28,340,00088.0% [136] 71%17%13,475
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam (details)7,038,0008.2% [137] 7%1%3,635
Flag of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.svg  Western Sahara (details)2000.04%0.04%
Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen (details)25,000 [138] -41,000 [139] 0.2%0.02%2,489
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia (details)12,939,00095.5% [140] 20.2%72.3%1712
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe (details)12,500,00087.0% [141] 17%63%559
Europe 565,560,000 [4] 76.2% [4] 35.0% [142] 41.2% [4] -
Latin America and the Caribbean 531,280,000 [4] 90.0% [4] 70% [143] 20% [144] -
Africa 526,016,926 [4] 62.7% [4] 21.0% [142] 41.7% [4] -
Asia 285,120,000 [4] -375,905,000 [145] 7.0% [4] -12.0% [145] 3.0% [142] -5.1% [145] 4.0% [4] -6.8% [145] -
North America 266,630,000 [4] 77.4% [4] 22.0% [142] 55.4%-
Oceania 25,754,000 [146] 73.3% [146] 38.9% [146] 34.4% [146] -
Middle East-North Africa 12,000,000–16,000,000 [147] 3.8% [4] -5.0% [148] 2.0% [142] -2.6%1.8% [4] -2.3%-
Total2,431,209,718 [145] 33.4% [145] 16.9% [145] 16.5% [145] -

UN non member permanent observer states

note: One is a generally recognized sovereign state, while the other is a state with substantial, but limited, recognition

CountryChristians% Christianoverall %
Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine (details)173,0006.0% [149] 6%
Flag of the Vatican City.svg   Vatican City (details)836100.0%100%

Non UN member or observer states with substantial, but limited recognition

Note: Includes non-United Nations members or observers with substantial, but limited recognition

CountryChristians% Christian
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo (details)150,0008.3%
Flag of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.svg  Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (details)2000.03%
Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan (details)902,0003.9%

widely or fully unrecognized Non UN member or observer states

CountryChristians% Christian
Flag of the Republic of Abkhazia.svg  Abkhazia (details)130,00068.0%
Flag of Artsakh.svg  Artsakh (details)143,00098.8% [150]
Flag of South Ossetia.svg  South Ossetia (details)69,00096.4%
Flag of Transnistria.svg  Transnistria (details)510,00095.0%

Top ten

On the left: a list of the top ten countries by largest number of Christians. On the right: a list of the top ten countries by highest percentage of the population that is Christian. [135] [151]

RankCountryChristians% ChristianCountry% ChristianChristians
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 213,000,00065%Flag of the Vatican City.svg   Vatican City 100%800
2Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 175,700,00091.4%Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 99%21,490,000
3Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 122,500,00083.6%Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 99%6,860,000
4Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 117,640,00093%Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 99%100,000
5Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 110,644,00085%Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 98.5%3,090,000
6Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 92,281,00052.8%Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 97.6%2,280,000
7Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo, Democratic Republic of 68,558,00095.6%Flag of the Marshall Islands.svg  Marshall Islands 97.5%50,000
8Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 54,978,00064.5%Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 97.5%3,570,000
9Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 54,070,00091.5%Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia 97.5%13,090,000
10Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 47,200,00057.3%Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 93%10,000,000
Percent (%) ChristiansNumber of countriesPopulation
1002850
90–9949739,568,000
80–8928312,790,200
70–7920599,319,000
60–6911177,608,000
50–5916132,349,929
40–49313,594,000
30–39615,497,000
20–29523,657,000
10–191043,409,000
1–934124,755,000
0–1131,823,750

In total, 126 countries have a Christian majority, while 71 countries have a Christian minority. According to Pew Research study, of the 232 countries and territories, 157 have Christian majorities. [152]

Population growth

According to Christian Today, there were 2.4 billion Christians around the world in 2015 [153] and according to a 2012 Pew Research Center survey, if current trends continue, Christianity will remain the world's largest religion by year 2050. By 2050, the Christian population is expected to exceed 3 billion. Many charismatic movements are growing in Africa, Latin America, Muslim world, [154] and Asia. [155] [156] [157] [158] [159]

Demographics of major traditions within Christianity (Pew Research Center, 2010 data) [160]
TraditionFollowers% of the Christian population% of the world populationFollower dynamicsDynamics in- and outside Christianity
Catholic Church 1,200,000,00052.415.9Increase2.svg GrowingDecrease2.svg Declining
Protestantism 800,640,00034.911.6Increase2.svg GrowingIncrease2.svg Growing
Orthodoxy 260,380,00011.43.8Increase2.svg GrowingIncrease2.svg Growing
Other Christianity28,430,0001.30.4Increase2.svg GrowingIncrease2.svg Growing
Christianity 2,289,450,00010031.7Increase2.svg GrowingSteady2.svg Stable

See also

Other religions:

General:

Notes

  1. Current sources are in general agreement that Christians make up about 33% of the world's population—slightly over 2.4 billion adherents in mid-2015.

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