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Religious demographics and Religions by country. Major religious groups as a percentage of the world population in 2005 (Encyclopaedia Britannica). ... This is the collection from articles and sources of List of religious populations, Christianity by country, Islam by country, Buddhism by country, Hinduism by country, etc. ...

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Big 4 Religions

World Religions
Big 4 Religions Adherents  % of World Population Wikipage
World Population 6.671 billion Figure used by individual articles
Christianity 1.637 billion - 1.923 billion 24.54% - 28.82% Christianity by country
Islam 1.450 billion - 1.514 billion 21.74% - 22.70% Islam by country
Buddhism 489 million - 1.512 billion 7.33% - 22.67% Buddhism by country
Hinduism 965 million - 971 million 14.47% - 14.55% Hinduism by country
Total 4.541 billion - 5.920 billion 68.08% - 88.74%

The table above is compiled from the relevant Wikipedia pages listing Religions by Country. Please note that although figures are an approximation there are many sources. Please see individual pages (Linked in Table) for details. Major world religions have been distinguished from minor religions using a variety of methods, though any such division naturally reflects a particular bias, since many adherent of a religion are likely to consider their own faith major. Two methods are mentioned in this article, number of adherents and the definitions... Topics in Christianity Preaching Prayer Ecumenism Relation to other religions Movements Music Liturgy Calendar Symbols Art Criticism Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ... Worldwide distribution of Orthodox (cyan), Catholic (yellow) and Protestant (purple) Christians relative to the total population per country. ... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ... Islam - percentage by country Map showing distribution of Shia and Sunni Muslims in Africa, Asia and Europe. ... Buddhism, a Dharmic faith, is usually considered one of the worlds major religions, with between 230 to 500 million followers. ... Buddhism - Percentage by country The percentage of Buddhist population of each country was taken from the US State Departments International Religious Freedom Report 2004 [1]. Other sources used were CIA Factbook [2] and adherents. ... Hinduism is a religious tradition[1] that originated in the Indian subcontinent. ... Hinduism - Percentage by country The percentage of Hindu population of each country was taken from the US State Departments International Religious Freedom Report 2004. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1365x638, 51 KB) Summary Percentage Christians by country, as listed on w:Christianity by country from the 7 April 2006 version Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1365x638, 51 KB) Summary Percentage Christians by country, as listed on w:Christianity by country from the 7 April 2006 version Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not... Worldwide distribution of Orthodox (cyan), Catholic (yellow) and Protestant (purple) Christians relative to the total population per country. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 374 pixel Image in higher resolution (1365 × 638 pixel, file size: 44 KB, MIME type: image/png) Percentage of population by country that is Muslim. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 374 pixel Image in higher resolution (1365 × 638 pixel, file size: 44 KB, MIME type: image/png) Percentage of population by country that is Muslim. ... Islam - percentage by country Map showing distribution of Shia and Sunni Muslims in Africa, Asia and Europe. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 374 pixelsFull resolution (1365 × 638 pixel, file size: 32 KB, MIME type: image/png) Buddhism_percentage_by_country I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 374 pixelsFull resolution (1365 × 638 pixel, file size: 32 KB, MIME type: image/png) Buddhism_percentage_by_country I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Buddhism - Percentage by country The percentage of Buddhist population of each country was taken from the US State Departments International Religious Freedom Report 2004 [1]. Other sources used were CIA Factbook [2] and adherents. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 374 pixelsFull resolution (1365 × 638 pixel, file size: 32 KB, MIME type: image/png) Hinduism_percentage_by_country. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 374 pixelsFull resolution (1365 × 638 pixel, file size: 32 KB, MIME type: image/png) Hinduism_percentage_by_country. ... Hinduism - Percentage by country The percentage of Hindu population of each country was taken from the US State Departments International Religious Freedom Report 2004. ...


The numbers of adherents to organised religions in the world is difficult to accurately ascertain. Therefore figures and estimates are included from multiple sources to show the reader the problem in compiling such statistics.


Adherents.com Estimates

Adherents.com says "Sizes shown are approximate estimates, and are here mainly for the purpose of ordering the groups, not providing a definitive number."

Religion Adherents
Christianity 2.1 billion
Islam 1.5 billion
Secularism/Irreligious/Agnostic/Atheism 1.1 billion
Hinduism 900 million
Chinese traditional religion 394 million
Buddhism 376 million
Primal-indigenous 300 million
African Traditional & Diasporic 100 million
Sikhism 23 million
Juche 19 million
Spiritism 15 million
Judaism 14 million
Bahá'í 7 million
Jainism 4.2 million
Shinto 4 million
Cao Dai 4 million
Zoroastrianism 2.6 million
Tenrikyo 2 million
Neo-Paganism 1 million
Unitarian-Universalism 800 thousand
Rastafarianism 600 thousand
Scientology 500 thousand

Topics in Christianity Preaching Prayer Ecumenism Relation to other religions Movements Music Liturgy Calendar Symbols Art Criticism Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ... This article is about secularism. ... Irreligion is the absence of religious following. ... The term agnosticism and the related agnostic were coined by Thomas Henry Huxley in 1869. ... Atheist redirects here. ... Hinduism is a religious tradition[1] that originated in the Indian subcontinent. ... It has been suggested that Chinese folk religion be merged into this article or section. ... Buddhism, a Dharmic faith, is usually considered one of the worlds major religions, with between 230 to 500 million followers. ... The term Animism is derived from the Latin anima, meaning soul.[1][2] In its most general sense, animism is simply the belief in souls. ... World map showing location of Africa A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second_largest continent in both area and population, after Asia. ... Sikhism (IPA: or ; Punjabi: , , IPA: ), founded on the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev and nine successive gurus in fifteenth century Northern India, is the fifth-largest religion in the world. ... The Juche Idea (also Juche Sasang or Chuche; pronounced // in Korean, approximately joo-cheh) is the official state ideology of North Korea and the political system based on it. ... This article is about Kardecist spiritism. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the generally recognized global religious community. ... Jain and Jaina redirect here. ... Shinto ) is the native religion of Japan and was once its state religion. ... Cao Dais Holy See, called the Tay Ninh Holy See, is located in Tay Ninh, Viet Nam Caodaism (Vietnamese:  ) is a relatively new, syncretist, monotheistic religion, officially established in Tây Ninh, southern Vietnam, in 1926. ... Zoroastrianism is the religion and philosophy based on the teachings ascribed to the prophet Zoroaster (Zarathustra, Zartosht). ... Tenrikyo Headquarters, Tenri Tenrikyo (天理教; Tenrikyō, lit. ... Neopaganism (sometimes Neo-Paganism, meaning New Paganism) is a heterogeneous group of religions which attempt to revive ancient, mainly European pre-Christian religions. ... This article is about the religious movement called Unitarian Universalism, also known as UU. For information on the largest association of UUs in North America, see Unitarian Universalist Association. ... Haile Selassie, Rastafari God and King Rastafarianism, or as adherents prefer to call it, the Rastafari movemant, or simply Rasta, is a religious movement that reveres the former emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I - who as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and as the Lion of Judah, is... Doctrine Practices Concepts People Public outreach Organization Controversy Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by American pulp fiction author L. Ron Hubbard in 1952 as an outgrowth of his earlier self-help system, Dianetics. ...

Notes

-Note that these figures may incorporate populations of secular/nominal adherents as well as syncretist worshipers, although the concept of syncretism is disputed by some. Syncretism is the attempt to reconcile disparate, even opposing, beliefs and to meld practices of various schools of thought. ...


-Note that for Eastern religions such as Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto or animism, etc...people often have religions which are a mix of belief systems. This leads to the unusually large uncertainty in the calculations for Buddhism. The lower number of approximately 400 million represents traditional Buddhists (have taken refuge in the Three Jewels, those following all of the precepts of Buddhisim laid down by the Buddha,) whereas the larger number of 1.5 billion includes "natural Buddhists" (as well as secular/nominal Buddhists), lacking specific ceremony, as long as they do not profess belief in another religion. Main article: Buddhism by country.[1][2] Taking Refuge makes the difference between Buddhists and non-Buddhists. ... Buddhism - Percentage by country The percentage of Buddhist population of each country was taken from the US State Departments International Religious Freedom Report 2004 [1]. Other sources used were CIA Factbook [2] and adherents. ...


By proportion

Christians

Countries with the greatest proportion of Christians from Christianity by country (as 2007): Topics in Christianity Preaching Prayer Ecumenism Relation to other religions Movements Music Liturgy Calendar Symbols Art Criticism Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ... Worldwide distribution of Orthodox (cyan), Catholic (yellow) and Protestant (purple) Christians relative to the total population per country. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...

  1. Flag of the Vatican City Vatican City 100% (Roman Catholic 100%)
  2. Flag of San Marino San Marino 99% (Roman Catholic 99%)
  3. Flag of Armenia Armenia 98.7% (mostly Orthodox)
  4. Flag of Moldova Moldova 98.2% (mostly Eastern Orthodox)
  5. Flag of Greece Greece 98% (Orthodox 97.0%, Roman Catholic 1.0%, Muslim 1.3%)
  6.  Venezuela [98% (Roman Catholic 96%, Protestant 2%)
  7. Flag of Romania Romania 97.5% (Eastern Orthodox 86.7%, Roman Catholic 4.7%, Protestant 3.7%, Pentecostal Denominations 1.5%, Greek Catholic 0.9%)
  8.  Bolivia 97% (Roman Catholic 78%, Protestant 16%, other Christian 3%)
  9. Flag of Paraguay Paraguay 96.9% (Roman Catholic 89.6%, Protestant 6.2%, other Christian 1.1%)
  10. Flag of the Bahamas Bahamas 96.3% (Baptist 35.4%, Anglican 15.1%, Roman Catholic 13.5%, Pentecostal 8.1%, Church of God 4.8%, Methodist 4.2%, other 15.2%)
  11.  Belarus 96% (mostly Russian Orthodox, Roman Catholic)
  12. Flag of Ecuador Ecuador 95% (mostly Roman Catholic)
  13. Flag of the Seychelles Seychelles 94.7% (mostly Roman Catholic)
  14.  Colombia 94.5% (mostly Roman Catholic 90%)
  15. Flag of Grenada Grenada 94% (Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 13.8%, other Protestant 33.2% )
  16. Flag of Costa Rica Costa Rica 94% (mostly Roman Catholic)
  17.  Argentina 94% (mostly Roman Catholic 92%-less than 20% practicing, Protestant 2%,)
  18. Flag of Rwanda Rwanda 93.6% (Roman Catholic 56.5%, Protestant 26%, Adventist 11.1%)
  19. Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 93% (mostly Roman Catholic)
  20. Flag of East Timor East Timor 93% (mostly Roman Catholic)

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Muslims

Countries with the greatest proportion of Muslims from Islam by country (as of 2007): For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ... Islam - percentage by country Map showing distribution of Shia and Sunni Muslims in Africa, Asia and Europe. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...

  1. Flag of Mauritania Mauritania 99.9% (mostly Sunni)
  2. Flag of Somalia Somalia 99.9% (mostly Sunni)
  3. Flag of Western Sahara Western Sahara 99.8% (mostly Sunni)
  4. Flag of the Maldives Maldives 99.41% (mostly Sunni)
  5.  Afghanistan 99% (80% Sunni, 19% Shi'a)
  6.  Algeria 99% (mostly Sunni)
  7.  Yemen 99% (65-70% Sunni, 30-35% Shi'a)
  8.  Morocco 98.7% (mostly Sunni)
  9.  Iran 98% (mostly Shi'a)
  10. Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 98% (mostly Sunni)
  11. Flag of the Comoros Comoros 98% (mostly Sunni)
  12. Flag of Libya Libya 97% (mostly Sunni)
  13.  Iraq 97% (60-65% Shi'a, 32-37% Sunni)
  14.  Pakistan 96% (75-80% Sunni, 20-25% Shi'a)
  15. Flag of Jordan Jordan 95% (mostly Sunni)
  16.  Turkey 94% (74% Sunni, 20% Shi'a)
  17. Flag of Senegal Senegal 94% (mostly Sunni)
  18. Flag of Djibouti Djibouti 94% (mostly Sunni)
  19. Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 93.4% (75% Shi'a, 18% Sunni)
  20. Flag of Oman Oman 92.66% (mostly Ibadi)

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Buddhists

Countries with the greatest proportion of Buddhists from Buddhism by country (as of 2007): Buddhism, a Dharmic faith, is usually considered one of the worlds major religions, with between 230 to 500 million followers. ... Buddhism - Percentage by country The percentage of Buddhist population of each country was taken from the US State Departments International Religious Freedom Report 2004 [1]. Other sources used were CIA Factbook [2] and adherents. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...

  1.  Laos 98% (mostly Theravada with traditional animist)
  2. Flag of Bhutan Bhutan 97% (mostly Lamaistic, Hindu 2%, other 1%)
  3.  Japan 96% (mostly Mahayana with Shinto, Japanese 3%, Christian 0.8%, Muslim 0.1%)
  4.  Cambodia 95% (mostly Theravada, Muslim 3%, Christian and other 2%)
  5.  Thailand 95% (Theravada, Muslim 4%, Christian 0.7%, other 0.3%)
  6.  Mongolia 94% (mostly Tibetan, Muslim 5%, Christian and other 1%)
  7.  Taiwan 93% (mostly "Triple religion", Christian 4.5%, other 2.5%)
  8.  Hong Kong 90% (mostly "Triple religion", Christian and others 10%)
  9.  Myanmar 90% (Theravada with traditional animist, Christian 4%, Muslim 4%, other)
  10.  Vietnam 85% ("Triple religion", Christian 8%, Cao Dai 3%, Communist and other 3.5%)
  11. Flag of Macau Macau 85% ("Triple religion", Christian 8%, Atheist or other 7%)
  12.  China 80% ("Triple religion", Communist/Atheist 12.5%, Christian 4%, Muslim 1.5%)
  13.  Sri Lanka 70% (Theravada, Hindu 15%, Christian 7.9%, Muslim 7.1%)
  14.  North Korea 64.5% (Mahayana with Confucianist, Communist/Atheist 33.5%, other 2%)
  15.  Singapore 61% ("Triple religion", Muslim 14.9%, Christian 14.6%, Hindu 4%, other)
  16.  South Korea 50% (Mahayana with Confucianist, Christian 30%, other 1%)
  17.  Malaysia 22% (Muslim 60.3%, "Triple religion", Christian 9%, Hindu 6.3%, other 2.4%)
  18. Flag of Brunei Brunei 14% (Muslim 67%, "Triple religion", Christian 10%, other 9%)
  19.  Nepal 11% (Hindu 81%, Tibetian Buddhist, Muslim 4%, other 4%)
  20. Flag of French Polynesia French Polynesia 7.5% (mostly Chinese Buddhism)

Remarks: "Triple religion" (or "Chinese-Mahayana Buddhism" or "Far East Asian Buddhism") is the mixture of Mahayana Buddhism, with Taoism and Confucianism. Because officially atheist Communist governments still rule a number of traditionally Buddhist countries, and because Buddhists often practice other traditional East Asian religions, the figures could be much higher in these regions. Mahayana Buddhism in Far East Asian countries has a very wide meaning. That is why in such countries as China, Japan, Vietnam, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, the three religions of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism are often all considered at once. This is referred to as a "Triple religion", with Great Buddha in the center, Laozi in the left, and Confucius in the right. In some regions, such as Japan, belief systems vary with differing emphasis on Shintoism, as well as Ancestor Worship. Prayers in throughout these cultures are often concluded with "Namo Amitabha Buddha", which means: "Glory to Buddha Amitabha." As such, the Buddhist population is difficult to gauge exactly, but is considered to be very high. See Buddhism by country for more. Image File history File links Flag_of_Laos. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bhutan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Cambodia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Thailand. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Mongolia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Republic_of_China. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Hong_Kong. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Myanmar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Vietnam. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Macau. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sri_Lanka. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_North_Korea. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Singapore. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Malaysia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brunei. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Nepal. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_French_Polynesia. ... Relief image of the bodhisattva Guan Yin from Mt. ... Taoism (pronounced or ; also spelled Daoism) refers to a variety of related philosophical and religious traditions and concepts. ... A Confucian temple in Wuwei, Peoples Republic of China. ... Siddhartha and Gautama redirect here. ... Laozi (Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Lao Tzu; also Lao Tse, Laotze, Lao Zi, and in other ways) was an ancient Chinese philosopher. ... Confucius (Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Kung-fu-tzu), lit. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Ancestor worship, also ancestor veneration, is a religious practice based on the belief that ones ancestors possess supernatural powers. ... Buddhism - Percentage by country The percentage of Buddhist population of each country was taken from the US State Departments International Religious Freedom Report 2004 [1]. Other sources used were CIA Factbook [2] and adherents. ...


Hindus

Countries with the greatest proportion of Hindus from Hinduism by country (as of 2007): Hinduism is a religious tradition[1] that originated in the Indian subcontinent. ... Hinduism - Percentage by country The percentage of Hindu population of each country was taken from the US State Departments International Religious Freedom Report 2004. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...

  1.  Nepal 81%
  2.  India 80.5%
  3.  Mauritius 50%
  4.  Fiji 33%
  5.  Guyana 33%
  6. Flag of Suriname Suriname 27.4%
  7.  Trinidad and Tobago 22.5%
  8.  United Arab Emirates 21.25%
  9.  Sri Lanka 15%
  10.  Kuwait 12%
  11.  Bangladesh 10.5%
  12. Flag of Qatar Qatar 7.2%
  13. Flag of Réunion Réunion 6.7%
  14.  Malaysia 6.3%
  15. Flag of Bahrain Bahrain 6.25%
  16.  Singapore 4%
  17. Flag of Oman Oman 3%
  18.  Belize 2.3%
  19.  Pakistan 2.02%
  20.  Indonesia 2%; Flag of Bhutan Bhutan 2%; Flag of the Seychelles Seychelles 2%

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Jews

Countries with the greatest proportion of Jews (as of 2007):

  1.  Israel 76.2% (Muslim 16.1%, Christian 2.1%)
  2. Palestinian flag Palestinian territories 11.09% (Muslim 83.54%, Christian 4.73%)
  3. Flag of Monaco Monaco 3% (Christian 90%)
  4.  United States 2.5% (Christian 78%, Buddhist 2%, Muslim 1%)
  5. Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 2.1% (Christian 88.3%, Muslim 4%, Hindu 1.8%)
  6. Flag of Cayman Islands Cayman Islands 1.71% (Christian 77.95%)
  7. Flag of the Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles 1.3% (Christian 92.3%)
  8.  Canada 1.1% (Christian 77.1%, Muslim 2%, Buddhist 1.1%)
  9.  France 1% (Christian 83.3%, Muslim 10%, Buddhist 1.2%)
  10.  Belarus 1% (Christian 96%)
  11.  Argentina 0.8% (Christian 79%, Muslim 1.5%)
  12.  Hungary 0.8% (Christian 75%)
  13.  Uruguay 0.75% (Christian 65% - 68%, Atheist 30% - 34%)
  14.  Russia 0.5% (Christian 78%, Muslim 10 - 14%, Buddhist 1.1% - 1.45%)
  15.  United Kingdom 0.5% (Christian 71.6%, Muslim 2.7%, Buddhist 1.2%, Hindu 1%)
  16.  Netherlands 0.3% (Christian 29% - 51%, Atheist 41% - 50%, Muslim 5.5% - 5.8%)
  17.  Germany 0.25% (Christian 68%, Non-Religious 25.5%, Muslim 3.9%, Buddhist 1%)
  18.  Georgia 0.22% (Christian 88.6%, Muslim 9.9%, Atheist 0.7%)

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Bahá'ís

Countries with the greatest proportion of Bahá'ís (as of 2000): This article is about the generally recognized global religious community. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...

  1.  Nauru 9.22%
  2.  Tonga 6.09%
  3.  Tuvalu 5.86%
  4.  Kiribati 4.70%
  5.  Tokelau 4.33%
  6.  Cocos (Keeling) Islands 3.72%
  7.  Bolivia 3.25%
  8.  Falkland Islands 2.98%
  9.  Vanuatu 2.78%
  10.  Belize 2.73%
  11.  Samoa 2.37%
  12.  Guyana 2.09%
  13.  United Arab Emirates 1.95%
  14.  São Tomé and Príncipe 1.88%
  15.  Mauritius 1.84%
  16.  Zambia 1.70%
  17.  Dominica 1.61%
  18.  Micronesia 1.61%
  19.  Niue 1.53%
  20.  Marshall Islands 1.50%

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By population

Christians

Largest Christian populations (as of 2007):

  1.  United States 234,889,159
  2.  Brazil 169,109,476
  3.  Mexico 103,265,846
  4.  Russia 98,964,426
  5.  Philippines 84,246,490
  6.  France 56,709,186
  7.  Germany 56,032,677
  8.  Nigeria 54,012,466
  9.  China 52,874,076
  10.  Italy 50,588,528
  11.  Ethiopia 47,131,322
  12.  Congo DR 46,026,058
  13.  United Kingdom 43,515,786
  14.  Colombia 41,938,720
  15.  Ukraine 41,669,876
  16.  Spain 38,021,300
  17.  Argentina 37,883,811
  18.  Poland 36,977,511
  19.  South Africa 35,066,269
  20.  Kenya 28,792,702

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Muslims

Largest Muslim populations (as of 2007):

  1.  Indonesia 207,000,105
  2.  Pakistan 159,799,666
  3.  India 151,402,065
  4.  Bangladesh 132,446,365
  5.  Egypt 72,301,532
  6.  Turkey 70,047,060
  7.  Nigeria 67,515,582
  8.  Iran 64,089,571
  9.  Morocco 33,723,418
  10.  Algeria 32,999,884
  11.  Afghanistan 31,571,023
  12.  Sudan 27,565,551
  13.  Iraq 26,674,649
  14.  Ethiopia 25,095,899
  15.  Saudi Arabia 24,564,924
  16.  Uzbekistan 24,446,452
  17.  Yemen 22,008,225
  18.  China 19,827,778
  19.  Russia 19,792,885
  20.  Syria 17,383,272

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Buddhists

Largest Buddhist populations (as of 2007):

  1.  China 1,057,481,510
  2.  Japan 122,336,154
  3.  Vietnam 72,473,003
  4.  Thailand 61,814,742
  5.  Myanmar 42,636,562
  6.  South Korea 24,522,395
  7.  Taiwan 21,258,751
  8.  India 16,947,992
  9.  North Korea 15,029,613
  10.  Sri Lanka 14,648,421
  11.  Cambodia 13,296,109
  12.  Laos 6,391,558
  13.  Hong Kong 6,282,371
  14.  United States 6,022,799
  15.  Malaysia 5,460,683
  16.  Nepal 3,179,197
  17.  Singapore 2,781,888
  18.  Mongolia 2,774,679
  19.  Indonesia 2,346,940
  20.  Philippines 2,276,932

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Hindus

Largest Hindu populations (as of 2007):

  1.  India 909,542,254
  2.  Nepal 23,410,450
  3.  Bangladesh 15,797,076
  4.  Indonesia 4,693,880
  5.  Pakistan 3,327,787
  6.  Sri Lanka 3,138,947
  7.  Malaysia 1,563,741
  8.  United States 1,204,560
  9.  United Arab Emirates 944,352
  10.  Mauritius 625,441
  11.  United Kingdom 607,762
  12.  South Africa 549,973
  13.  Kenya 369,137
  14.  Tanzania 354,458
  15.  Canada 333,901
  16.  Fiji 303,163
  17.  Kuwait 300,667
  18.  Guyana 253,801
  19.  Trinidad and Tobago 237,737
  20.  Singapore 262,120

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Jews

Largest Jewish populations (as of 2007):

  1.  United States 6,214,247
  2.  Israel 5,278,274
  3.  Russia 753,382
  4.  France 636,303
  5.  Canada 414,283
  6.  United Kingdom 306,876
  7.  Germany 210,977
  8.  Argentina 202,538
  9.  Ukraine 149,602
  10.  Australia 94,978
  11.  Brazil 93,290
  12.  South Africa 88,994
  13.  Belarus 67,823
  14.  Hungary 60,180
  15.  Mexico 54,350
  16.  Spain 54,073
  17.  Belgium 52,285
  18.  Netherlands 32,780
  19.  Italy 30,728
  20.  Uruguay 30,060

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Bahá'í

Largest Bahá'í populations (as of 2005):

  1.  India 1,716,148
  2.  United States 753,423
  3.  Iran 463,151
  4.  Vietnam 356,133
  5.  Kenya 308,292
  6.  Bolivia 269,246
  7.  South Africa 255,775
  8.  Philippines 229,522
  9.  Congo DR 224,596
  10.  Zambia 162,443
  11.  Thailand 144,243
  12.  Venezuela 141,072
  13.  Tanzania 140,593
  14.  Malaysia 97,078
  15.  Chad 80,683
  16.  Myanmar 79,044
  17.  Pakistan 78,658
  18.  Uganda 66,546
  19.  Colombia 64,758
  20.  Cameroon 64,286

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Lists by country

This is the collection from articles and sources of List of religious populations, Christianity by country, Islam by country, Buddhism by country, Hinduism by country, etc. ... Buddhism - Percentage by country The percentage of Buddhist population of each country was taken from the US State Departments International Religious Freedom Report 2004 [1]. Other sources used were CIA Factbook [2] and adherents. ... Hinduism - Percentage by country The percentage of Hindu population of each country was taken from the US State Departments International Religious Freedom Report 2004. ... Islam - percentage by country Map showing distribution of Shia and Sunni Muslims in Africa, Asia and Europe. ... Who is a Jew? Jewish ethnic divisions Ashkenazi Jews Sephardi Jews Black Jews Black Hebrew Israelites Y-chromosomal Aaron Jewish population Historical Jewish population comparisons List of religious populations Lists of Jews Crypto-Judaism Etymology of the word Jew Hinduism by country Islam by country Buddhism by country Roman Catholics... It has been suggested that Jewish population by cities and cityareas be merged into this article or section. ... Worldwide distribution of Catholic (yellow), Protestant (purple) and Orthodox (cyan) Christians relative to the total population per country. ... worldwide distribution of Protestant (purple), Catholic (yellow), and Orthodox (cyan) Christians relative to the total population per country. ... Worldwide distribution of Orthodox (cyan), Catholic (yellow) and Protestant (purple) Christians relative to the total population per country. ... This section does not cite its references or sources. ...

See also

Map of countries by population — China and India, the only two countries to have a population greater than one billion, together possess more than a third of the worlds population. ... This is an alphabetical list of various major religions and their effective statistics. ... Statistical estimates of the worldwide Baháí population are difficult to judge. ...

References

  1. ^ Vipassana Foundation - Buddhists around the world
  2. ^ "Counting the Buddhist World Fairly," by Dr. Alex Smith

Sources

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