According to a recent survey, China is the least religious country on earth, while Sweden is the least religious country in the Western World. Nations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are among the most religious.
A survey of 63,898 people in 65 countries was conducted by Gallup International and the WI Network of Market Research between September-December 2014 and released this week.
They simply asked “Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not would you say you are: a. a religious person, b. not a religious person, c. a convinced atheist, d. do not know/no response.”
61 percent of Chinese said they were convinced atheists, making the communist nation the least religious on earth according to the data. 78 percent in Sweden identified as not religious or are convinced atheists.
The Nordic country officially cut ties with the Church of Sweden, an Evangelical Lutheran denomination, 15 years ago. Its government even predicts a drop in church membership on its website.
Sixty-six percent of the Swedish population are members of the Church of Sweden. It is only since 2000 that Swedes don’t automatically become a member at birth and record numbers of Swedes have left the church in recent years.
A continued decline in membership is predicted as young Swedes fail to take the place of older members. Surveys also indicate that only eight per cent of Swedes attend any religious services regularly.
Thailand is the most religious country in the world at 94 percent. Armenia, Georgia, and Morocco are next at 93 percent.
65 percent of Israel’s population said they were not religious or are convinced atheists, while only 30 percent said they were religious. This is compared to 70 percent of Russians who considered themselves religious, 56 percent of Americans, and 30 percent of residents of the United Kingdom.
Overall, 63 percent of the world population considers themselves religious.
h/t: The Washington Post
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