Top 10 Most Religious Countries in the World
Different religions around the world have always lived together, and sometimes peacefully, sometimes not so peacefully. Moreover, with the spread of globalization, and people of various backgrounds and creeds settling in many countries, there is a greater threat of conflicting religions, but also a greater chance of dialogue about religion and its role in modern society. Despite the relatively high rates of belief in God worldwide, less than half of the world’s population determines the importance of religion in their lives. Secularization has been a major force, and the atheistic global population has grown steadily over the past few decades, especially given the growing relevance of science, technology, and technical evolution, which have certainly drawn back traditional beliefs. In addition, countries have different traditions. While some received large numbers of immigrants, mixing cultures, others kept strong in their traditional beliefs, customs and habits, almost without changing anything over the years. And of course, some countries are more religious than others. It is important to note that while most of the population of these countries is religious, this does not mean that the nation as a whole expresses a particular faith. In this selection are the 10 most religious countries in the world.
10. BRAZIL – 85% OF RELIGIOUS
The country has a stark contrast between wealth and poverty, and is one of the most populous countries in the world. Currently has more than 85% of Brazilians active in their beliefs. The main religion is Catholicism , brought by the Portuguese colonizers. Next comes Protestantism, which comprises 22% of the religious population.
9. PERU – 86% OF RELIGIOUS
Peru was a strong native civilization that had been celebrating the cult toward Pachamama before the Spanish conquerors had arrived. Upon the arrival of the conquerors, Catholicism was brought in, producing a particular adaptation of the cult. The country has also been influenced by many religions such as Buddhism, Protestantism.
8. KENYA – 88% OF RELIGIOUS
This country famous for its tea production has numerous religions. And several ethnic groups live together in Kenya, such as Kikuyu, Luo, some with African religions. However, Christianity in its various forms dominates the country; 23.5% are Roman Catholics, while 47% are Protestant.
7. IRAQ – 88% OF RELIGIOUS
The Islamic population in Iraq is estimated at 95%. With a population of over 31,129,225 people, 88% of Iraqis consider themselves active in their beliefs, while only 9% do not.
6. ROMANIA – 89% OF RELIGIOUS
Romania has several religions together in the territory, although Christianity is the main religion. More than 86% of its working population religiously practices the Orthodox Christian faith, while the number of Protestants is only 5.2%, and Roman Catholics 4.7%. Romanians have a strong traditional culture and folklore that includes spirits, monsters, vampires and werewolves. Romania has 89% worshipers and is sixth in the national team.
5. MACEDONIA – 92% OF RELIGIOUS
This country has been conquered many times, receiving influence from numerous religions, cultures and beliefs in the process. Ottoman Turks brought Islam, Byzantines brought Christianity, and Bulgarian Tsars brought Orthodox faith. The largest religion in Macedonia today is the Orthodox faith. But other beliefs like Christianity, and Judaism also have a strong presence.
4. ARMENIA – 92% OF RELIGIOUS
Armenia, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, returned to its roots, and returned to its traditional heritage. The country has diverse ethnic groups, Armenians are around 97.9%, Yezidis 1.3%, Russians 0.5%, and other groups make up the remaining 0.3%. Catholicism is very important in the country, as it was the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion. Today 92% of Armenians are active religious worshipers, mainly Christians, but also with Muslim and Jewish populations.
3. FIJI – 93% OF RELIGIOUS
Fiji is located in the South Pacific region of Melanesia, and is a remote country with a population of no more than millions. The main religion is Methodism and was brought in by Methodist missionaries in the middle of the 19th century. And around 93% of Fijians are considered religious. Fijians worship other religions such as Catholicism, Assemblies of God, Seventh-day Adventist, etc.
2. NIGERIA – 93% OF RELIGIOUS
Nigeria is a country with diverse religions spread throughout its regions. However, Christianity is the largest religion, representing around 50.8% of its religiously active population, which accounts for 93% of the total Nigerians. The second largest religion is practiced by Muslims, who are around 47.8% of religious people.
1. GHANA – 96% OF RELIGIOUS
Located in Africa, Ghana is the most religious country in the world and contains over 5 ethnic groups. The different religions live together in Ghana. The main religions are Christianity and Islam; Ghanaian Christians are estimated at 71% of the population, and Muslims make up 17%. The country also holds other religions such as Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Judaism and Shinto. Currently 96% of Ghana’s population claim to be active followers of their beliefs; Only 2% of its population declared themselves non-religious.