Religion data from End of Year Survey 2016


Religion data from End of Year Survey 2016
2017-04-10 - press release ()

 

Religion prevails in the world
• 62% of people in the world define themselves as religious.
• 74% of people globally believe we have a soul and 71% believe in God; while 56% believe in heaven, 54% in life after death and 49% in hell.
• There is a connection between religiosity, beliefs and socio-demographic characteristics - such as age, income and education level. In general, as education and income levels grow higher, religiosity levels tend to diminish. On the other hand, the expression of different beliefs is higher among young people.
• The most religious countries are Thailand (98%) and Nigeria (97%), followed by Kosovo, India, Ghana, Papua New Guinea and Ivory Coast (all of them with 94%). China is the least religious country, where almost 7 out of 10 people are atheists, more than double than any other country, and 23% consider themselves non-religious people.
• As for the different beliefs that were analyzed: God, soul, life after death, hell and heaven; the most believing countries are Bangladesh, Indonesia, Ghana, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.
Religion in the world
A new survey by WIN/Gallup International explores religious beliefs of over 66.000 people in 68 countries across the world. The results show that 6 out of 10 people in the world (62%) consider themselves to be religious, while less than a quarter (25%) think of themselves as non-religious and 9% consider themselves atheists.
It has been found that levels of religiosity diminish as income and education levels of the interviewees increase. While 66% of people with low income affirm to be religious, this percentage drops to 50% among people with high income. The same trend is verified in relation to education levels: 83% of people with lower education level are religious against 49% of higher level.
Most religious and least religious countries
Thailand is the most religious country, with almost its entire population (98%) declaring to be religious. Next to Thailand, the countries that stand out as most religious are Nigeria (97%), Kosovo, India, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Papua New Guinea (all of them with 94%), Fiji (92%), Armenia (92%) and Philippines (90%).
On the opposite end, China is the least religious country, with 7 out of 10 people claiming to be atheists (67%) -over twice the percentage found in any other country- and a further of 23% of Chinese defining themselves as non-religious. Only 9% are religious.
Following China among the least religious countries we find Sweden, Czech Republic and United Kingdom with 7 out of 10 people who said to be atheist or non-religious (18% and 55% in Sweden, 25% and 47% in Czech Republic, 11% and 58% in the United Kingdom).

Religion prevails in the world

• 62% of people in the world define themselves as religious.

• 74% of people globally believe we have a soul and 71% believe in God; while 56% believe in heaven, 54% in life after death and 49% in hell.

• There is a connection between religiosity, beliefs and socio-demographic characteristics - such as age, income and education level. In general, as education and income levels grow higher, religiosity levels tend to diminish. On the other hand, the expression of different beliefs is higher among young people.

• The most religious countries are Thailand (98%) and Nigeria (97%), followed by Kosovo, India, Ghana, Papua New Guinea and Ivory Coast (all of them with 94%). China is the least religious country, where almost 7 out of 10 people are atheists, more than double than any other country, and 23% consider themselves non-religious people.

• As for the different beliefs that were analyzed: God, soul, life after death, hell and heaven; the most believing countries are Bangladesh, Indonesia, Ghana, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.

 

Religion in the world

A new survey by WIN/Gallup International explores religious beliefs of over 66.000 people in 68 countries across the world. The results show that 6 out of 10 people in the world (62%) consider themselves to be religious, while less than a quarter (25%) think of themselves as non-religious and 9% consider themselves atheists.

It has been found that levels of religiosity diminish as income and education levels of the interviewees increase. While 66% of people with low income affirm to be religious, this percentage drops to 50% among people with high income. The same trend is verified in relation to education levels: 83% of people with lower education level are religious against 49% of higher level.

 

Most religious and least religious countries

Thailand is the most religious country, with almost its entire population (98%) declaring to be religious. Next to Thailand, the countries that stand out as most religious are Nigeria (97%), Kosovo, India, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Papua New Guinea (all of them with 94%), Fiji (92%), Armenia (92%) and Philippines (90%).

On the opposite end, China is the least religious country, with 7 out of 10 people claiming to be atheists (67%) -over twice the percentage found in any other country- and a further of 23% of Chinese defining themselves as non-religious. Only 9% are religious.

Following China among the least religious countries we find Sweden, Czech Republic and United Kingdom with 7 out of 10 people who said to be atheist or non-religious (18% and 55% in Sweden, 25% and 47% in Czech Republic, 11% and 58% in the United Kingdom).

 

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