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Revealed: The World’s Most (And Least) Religious Countries Based On Religious Beliefs 2020

Somalia is again perceived to be the most religious country in the world, that’s according to the survey by the CEOWORLD magazine in Partnership with the Global Business Policy Institute, a characterization of 148 countries based on a survey of more than 370,000 global citizens. According to the survey, Niger is the second most-religious nation, with just 99.7% of residents stating that they feel religious. Ranking third in the poll is Bangladesh, where just 99.5% of the population feel religious.

Meanwhile, India, the birthplace of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism, ranks No. 54. The United States, with the freedom to practice religion guaranteed in its Constitution, ranks No. 104. Ireland and Israel rank 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 the freedom of conscience, faith, religion, and worship, regardless of an individual’s religious affiliation,” according to the U.S. Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2016.

Rounding out the top 10 most religious countries based on this data are Ethiopia, Yemen, Malawi, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Mauritania, and Djibouti. The term “Religious,” an adjective that Merriam-Webster defines as a “faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity”; or “devoted to religious beliefs or observances”; or “scrupulously and conscientiously faithful,” but can hold different meanings for different people. China is found to be the least religious country. Less than 10% of residents stated that they feel religious in this nation. Estonia is the second least-religious nation, with just 16% of residents stating that they feel religious. Ranking third in the poll is Sweden, where just 17% of the population feel religious.

The World's Most Religious Countries Based On Religious Beliefs, 2020

RankCountryFeel Religious
1Somalia99.8
2Niger99.7
3Bangladesh99.5
4Ethiopia99.3
5Yemen99.1
6Malawi99
7Indonesia98.7
8Sri Lanka98.6
9Mauritania98.5
10Djibouti98.2
11Burundi98
12Egypt97
13Thailand97
14Morocco97
15Laos97
16Afghanistan97
17Guinea97
18Comoros97
19Myanmar97
20Senegal96
21Philippines96
22Nigeria96
23Malaysia96
24Jordan96
25Cameroon96
26Cambodia96
27Zambia95
28Rwanda95
29Qatar95
30Mali95
31Ghana95
32Republic of the Congo95
33Chad95
34Algeria95
35Bahrain94
36Liberia94
37Kenya94
38DR Congo94
39Central African Republic94
40Uganda93
41Tunisia93
42Sudan93
43Saudi Arabia93
44Nepal93
45Madagascar93
46Palestine93
47Benin93
48Trinidad and Tobago92
49Paraguay92
50Pakistan92
51Namibia92
52United Arab Emirates91
53Kuwait91
54India90
55Tanzania89
56Syria89
57Bolivia89
58Burkina Faso88
59Zimbabwe88
60Panama88
61Ivory Coast88
62Guatemala88
63Angola88
64Brazil87
65Lebanon87
66Dominican Republic87
67Mozambique86
68Malta86
69Tajikistan85
70South Africa85
71Puerto Rico85
72Romania84
73Peru84
74Nicaragua84
75Iraq84
76Honduras84
77El Salvador83
78Colombia83
79Turkey82
80Ecuador82
81Georgia81
82Turkmenistan80
83Togo80
84Venezuela79
85Costa Rica79
86Botswana77
87Bosnia and Herzegovina77
88Poland75
89Haiti75
90Cyprus75
91Armenia73
92Mexico73
93Iran73
94Portugal72
95Moldova72
96Kyrgyzstan72
97Italy72
98Montenegro71
99Greece71
100Singapore70
101Jamaica70
102Croatia70
103Chile70
104United States69
105Argentina65
106Belize62
107Uzbekistan59
108Austria55
109Serbia54
110Ireland54
111Israel51
112Azerbaijan50
113Spain49
114Slovenia47
115Slovakia47
116Ukraine46
117Taiwan45
118South Korea43
119Kazakhstan43
120Lithuania42
121Canada42
122Uruguay41
123Switzerland41
124Germany40
125Albania39
126Luxembourg39
127Latvia39
128Hungary39
129Russia34
130Cuba34
131Belarus34
132Bulgaria34
133Belgium33
134New Zealand33
135Netherlands33
136Australia32
137Vietnam30
138France30
139Finland28
140United Kingdom27
141Japan24
142Hong Kong24
143Norway21
144Czech Republic21
145Denmark19
146Sweden17
147Estonia16
148China7

Rounding out the top 10 least religious countries based on this data are Denmark, Czech Republic, Norway, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Finland. Overall, in the average country surveyed, 74.44 percent of adults say religion is very important in their lives. However, levels of religious commitment (affiliation, the importance of religion, worship attendance, and frequency of prayer) vary widely around the world.


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Sophie Ireland

Sophie Ireland

Contributors Editor
Sophie Ireland is the Contributors Editor at for CEOWORLD magazine, where she covers hiring trends, money, the future of work, and lists and rankings, and all things related to professional success for readers. She has ten years of experience in research, spanning market research, data analytics, macroeconomics, and financial services. She can be reached on email sophie-ireland@ceoworld.biz. You can follow her on Twitter at @ceoworld.