Importance of religion by country

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Results of a 2008/2009 Gallup poll on whether respondents said that religion was "important in [their] daily life."
90%-100%
80%-89%
70%-79%
60%-69%
50%-59%
40%-49%
30%-39%
20%-29%
10%-19%
0%-9%
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Results of a 2008/2009 Gallup poll on whether respondents said that religion was "important in [their] daily life."
  90%-100%
  80%-89%
  70%-79%
  60%-69%
  50%-59%
  40%-49%
  30%-39%
  20%-29%
  10%-19%
  0%-9%
  No data

This page charts a list of countries by importance of religion.

Contents

Methodology

The table below is based upon global Gallup Poll in 2009 research which asked "Is religion important in your daily life?". Percentages for "yes" and "no" answers are listed below; they often do not add up to 100% because some answered "don't know" or did not answer. [1]

Countries

CountryYes, important [1] No, unimportant [1]
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 16%78%
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 17%82%
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 19%80%
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway [lower-alpha 1] 21%78%
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic [lower-alpha 1] 21%75%
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 24%75%
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 24%74%
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 27%73%
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland [lower-alpha 1] 28%70%
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 30%69%
Flag of France.svg  France 30%69%
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia [lower-alpha 1] 32%68%
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  The Netherlands [lower-alpha 1] 33%67%
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand [lower-alpha 1] 33%66%
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium [lower-alpha 1] 33%58%
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba [lower-alpha 1] 34%64%
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria [lower-alpha 1] 34%62%
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 34%66%
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 34%56%
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 39%59%
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 39%58%
Flag of Albania.svg  Albania 39%53%
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 39%58%
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 40%55%
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 40%59%
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 41%59%
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 41%57%
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 42%57%
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 42%49%
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 43%56%
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 43%48%
Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan [lower-alpha 1] 45%54%
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 46%48%
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 47%52%
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia [lower-alpha 1] 47%52%
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 49%51%
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 50%49%
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 51%48%
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 54%44%
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 54%46%
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria [lower-alpha 1] 55%43%
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 59%38%
Flag of Belize.svg  Belize [lower-alpha 1] 62%33%
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 65%34%
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 69%31%
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 70%28%
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 70%29%
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 70%29%
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica [lower-alpha 1] 70%30%
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 71%28%
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 71%28%
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal [lower-alpha 1] 72%26%
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 72%25%
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 72%19%
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 72%25%
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran [lower-alpha 1] 73%26%
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 73%25%
Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 73%25%
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 75%19%
Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti [lower-alpha 1] 75%23%
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 75%25%
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 76%22%
Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana [lower-alpha 1] 77%23%
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 77%21%
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela 79%21%
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 79%20%
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 80%18%
Flag of Togo.svg  Togo [lower-alpha 1] 80%13%
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 81%16%
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 82%15%
Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 82%17%
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 83%16%
Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador 83%16%
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 84%14%
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 84%11%
Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua 84%15%
Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 84%15%
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 84%12%
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 85%15%
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico [lower-alpha 1] 85%14%
Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 85%12%
Flag of Mozambique.svg  Mozambique [lower-alpha 1] 86%14%
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 86%10%
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 87%13%
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic 87%13%
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 87%12%
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 88%12%
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Cote d'Ivoire 88%12%
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso [lower-alpha 1] 88%12%
Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 88%11%
Flag of Angola.svg  Angola [lower-alpha 1] 88%11%
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 88%9%
Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania 89%11%
Flag of Bolivia.svg  Bolivia 89%10%
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 89%9%
Flag of India.svg  India 90%9%
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 91%8%
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 91%6%
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia [lower-alpha 1] 92%9%
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago [lower-alpha 1] 92%8%
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 92%8%
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 92%6%
Flag of Palestine.svg  State of Palestine 93%7%
Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan 93%7%
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda 93%7%
Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar [lower-alpha 1] 93%7%
Flag of Benin.svg  Benin [lower-alpha 1] 93%7%
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 93%6%
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 93%5%
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 93%4%
Flag of the Central African Republic.svg  Central African Republic [lower-alpha 1] 94%6%
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 94%6%
Flag of Liberia.svg  Liberia [lower-alpha 1] 94%6%
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  Democratic Republic of the Congo 94%5%
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 94%4%
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 95%5%
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia 95%5%
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 95%4%
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 95%4%
Flag of Chad.svg  Chad 95%5%
Flag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda 95%5%
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Republic of the Congo [lower-alpha 1] 95%5%
Flag of Mali.svg  Mali 95%3%
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 96%4%
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 96%4%
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 96%3%
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 96%3%
Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia 96%3%
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 96%4%
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan [lower-alpha 1] 96%4%
Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar [lower-alpha 1] 97%3%
Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan 97%3%
Flag of Laos.svg  Laos [lower-alpha 1] 97%3%
Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea [lower-alpha 1] 97%3%
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 97%2%
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 97%2%
Flag of the Comoros.svg  Comoros 97%2%
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 97%2%
Flag of Burundi.svg  Burundi 98%2%
Flag of Djibouti.svg  Djibouti 98%2%
Flag of Mauritania.svg  Mauritania 98%2%
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 99%1%
Flag of Malawi.svg  Malawi 99%1%
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 99%1%
Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen 99%1%
Flag of Niger.svg  Niger 100%0%
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 100%0%
Flag of Somalia.svg  Somalia [lower-alpha 1] 100%0%
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 100%0%

See also

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Crabtree, Steve. "Religiosity Highest in World's Poorest Nations". Gallup. Retrieved 27 May 2015. (in which numbers have been rounded)
  2. 1 2 GALLUP WorldView - data accessed on 17 January 2009