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Christianity - Percentage by country

As of the early 21st century, Christianity has approximately 2.4 billion adherents, out of about 7.2 billion people.[1][2][3][4] The faith represents one-third of the world's population and is the largest religion in the world, with the three largest groups of Christians being the Catholic Church, Protestantism, and the Eastern Orthodox Church.[5] The largest Christian denomination is the Catholic Church, with 1.09 billion adherents.[6] The second largest denomination is either Protestantism (if it is considered a single group), or the Eastern Orthodox Church (if Protestants are considered to be divided into multiple denominations).

Christianity is the predominant religion in Europe, Russia, the Americas, the Philippines, East Timor, Southern Africa, Central Africa, East Africa and Oceania.[7] There are also large Christian communities in other parts of the world, such as Central Asia and the Middle East, where Christianity is the second-largest religion after Islam. The United States of America has the largest Christian population in the world, followed by Brazil and Mexico.[8]

Christianity, in one form or another, is the state religion of the following 15 nations: Argentina (Roman Catholic Church),[9] Bolivia (Roman Catholic Church and Christianity),[10] Costa Rica (Roman Catholic Church),[11] Denmark (Danish National Church),[12] El Salvador (Roman Catholic Church),[13] England (Church of England),[14] Greece (Church of Greece), Armenia (Armenian Apostolic Church), Georgia (Georgian Orthodox Church),[15][16]Ethiopia (Tewahedo Church)[17][18] Iceland (Church of Iceland),[19] Liechtenstein (Roman Catholic Church),[20] Malta (Roman Catholic Church),[21] Monaco (Roman Catholic Church),[22] Norway (Church of Norway),[23] Vatican City (Roman Catholic Church).[24]

Gallery

Lists

By country

Note: Population statistics by religious affiliations are based upon statistical science and are subject to observational error (technically referred to as estimates). The proportion of Christians is based on the proportion of the population in each country who are members of a Christian denomination or who identify themselves as Christian. It says nothing about the proportion of such as believe in God and are regularly in the church. People who mix Christianity with tribal religions are defined in this article as Christians. Most of the percentage of Christian population of each country was taken from the US State Department's International Religious Freedom Report, the CIA World Factbook, Joshua Project, Open doors, Pew Forum and Adherents.com.

Sovereign states and dependent territories

Christianity by country
Country Christians % Christian % Catholic % Protestant/ Orthodox/ Other GDP/Capita PPP World Bank 2012
details) 6,250 0.02% 1,399
details) 580,000 17.0% 10% 7% 9,443
details) 270,000 2% 1% 1% 8,515
details) 70,000 98.3% 20% 78%
details) 78,000 94.0% 90.1% 3.9%
details) 17,094,000 75% 50% 25% 6,105
details) 15,000 90.5% 3% 87%
details) 66,000 74.0% 10% 64% 19,964
details) 37,561,000 90% 77% 13% 12,034
details) 3,250,000 98.7% 3% 95% 6,645
details) 98,000 88% 80.8% 7.8%
details) 14,000,990 63% 25.8% 37% 44,462
details) 5,814,000 68.4% 62.4% 6% 43,324
details) 450,000 4.8% 4.8% 10,624
details) 350,000 81% 13.5% 67.6% 31,629
details) 77,000 9.0% 9.0% 23,886
details) 420,000 0.3% 0.3% 1,883
details) 244,000 74% 4.2% 70% 18,805
details) 5,265,109 55.4%[25] 7.1% 48.3% 15,579
details) 6,860,000 64.1% 57% 7% 38,884
details) 247,000 76.7% 40% 36.7% 7,529
details) 3,943,000 42.8% 27% 15% 1,583
details) 44,004 64.7% 15% 50%
details) 7,000 1.0% 0.1% 0.9% 6,699
details) 9,730,000 89.0% 76% 13% 5,281
details) 2,120,000 52.0% 15% 37% 9,235
details) 1,416,000 71.6% 5% 66% 16,986
details) 175,770,000 90.2% 63% 27% 11,909
details) 23,000 94.0% 85% 9%
details) 45,000 11.0% 53,348
details) 6,364,000 84.0% 1% 83% 15,933
details) 3,746,000 22.0% 18% 4% 1,513
details) 7,662,000 75.0% 60% 15% 560
details) 148,000 1.0% 0.15% 0.85% 2,494
details) 13,390,000 65.0% 38.4% 26.3% 2,324
details) 22,102,700 67.3%[26] 38.7% 29% 42,693
details) 487,000 97.0% 93% 4% 4,430
details) 42,000 73.8%
details) 2,302,000 80% 29% 51% 857
details) 3,833,000 35.0% 20% 15% 1,493
details) 14,930,000 87.2% 67% 20% 22,655
details) 67,070,000[27] 5% 1% 4% 9,233
details) 47,000,000 90% 75% 15% 10,587
details) 15,000 2.1% 1,230
details) 19,000 86% 16.8% 69.6%
details) 3,409,000 90.7% 50% 40% 4,426
details) 63,150,000 92% 50% 42% 422
details) 3,912,000 83% 69% 14% 12,943
details) 7,075,000 32.8% 28.9% 3.9% 2,039
details) 4,107,000 90% 70% 20% 20,532
details) 9,523,000 85.0% 85%
details) 863,000 79.3% 75% 30,597
details) 1,175,091 11.2% 10.4% 0.8% 26,426
details) 4,610,000 81% 1% 80% 41,388
details) 53,000 6.0% 1% 5% 2,784
details) 59,000 88.7% 61% 27% 12,643
details) 9,734,000 95.2% 80% 10,204
details) 1,152,000 98.4% 98% 1%
details) 14,099,000 94.0% 74% 20% 9,738
details) 13,892,000 18.0% 18% 6,723
details) 5,073,000 81.9% 52.6% 29.3% 7,069
details) 683,000 98.6% 98% 30,233
details) 3,310,000 62.9% 60% 2% 566
details) 310,481 23.9% 23% 23,024
details) 52,580,000 63.4% 63.4% 1,139
details) 3,000 94.3% 94%
details) 46,000 94.0% 94%
details) 540,000 64.4% 8.9% 55.5% 4,943
details) 4,380,000 81.6% 81% 38,230
details) 42,250,000 65% 63% 2% 35,845
details) 1,081,000 72.0% 50% 22% 16,086
details) 158,000 9.0% 2% 7% 1,948
details) 3,930,000 88.6% 0.9% 87.7% 5,902
details) 52,000,000 62% 30% 32% 40,394
details) 16,741,000 68.8% 13.1% 55.5% 2,048
details) 10,815,187 97.0% 97% 24,667
details) 55,000 96.6% 96.6%
details) 101,000 97.3% 53% 45% 10,827
details) 14,018,000 87% 47% 40% 5,100
details) 1,032,000 10.0% 5% 5% 1,069
details) 165,000 10.0% 10% 1,192
details) 434,000 57.0% 8% 49% 3,399
details) 8,527,000 83.7% 68.6% 15% 1,228
details) 6,660,000 87.6% 47% 40% 4,194
details) 710,000 10.1% 5% 5% 51,946
details) 8,260,000 82.7% 70.1% 11.6% 21,570
details) 300,000 95.0% 2.5% 92.5% 37,533
details) 31,850,000 2.6% 1.6% 1 3,876
details) 24,000,000 10% 3% 7% 4,956
details) 300,000 0.4% 0.4% 11,395
details) 944,000 3.0% 3% 4,246
details) 4,220,000 94.1% 82% 12% 42,662
details) 266,000 3.5% 3.5% 28,809
details) 53,230,000[28] 85.1% 85.0% 32,512
details) 1,784,000 65.3% 2% 63.3% 7,083
details) 3,548,000 2.0% 1% 1% 35,204
details) 388,000 6.0% 6,148
details) 8,152,000 51.0% 0.16 50% 13,892
details) 34,774,000 85.1% 23.4% 61.7% 1,761
details) 480,000 4.0%
details) 14,601,297 29.2% 10.9% 18.3% 30,722
details) 458,000 15.0% 3.2% 12.8% 49,001
details) 944,000 17.0% 17% 2,409
details) 145,000 2.2% 1% 1% 2,926
details) 1,250,000 57% 25% 32.2% 21,005
details) 1,647,000 41.0% 26% 15% 16,610
details) 1,876,000 90.0% 45% 45% 1,963
details) 1,391,000 85.5%[29] 85.5% 655
details) 131,000 2.0% 0.5% 1.5% 17,665
details) 30,000 89% 75.9% 12.8%
details) 2,827,000 84.9% 77.2% 7.6% 23,487
details) 360,000 71% 69% 2 88,318
details) 1,334,000 65.1% 11,710
details) 8,260,000 41.0% 978
details) 12,538,000 79.9% 902
details) 3,576,000 12.1% 17,143
details) 300 0.08% 9,072
details) 726,000 5.0% 1,214
details) 400,000 97.0% 29,013
details) 5,000 0.14% 2,603
details) 418,000 32.2% 15,649
details) 107,780,000 92% 82.7% 9.7% 16,676
details) 106,000 95.4% 3,824
details) 3,480,000 97.53% 93% 3,424
details) 30,000 86.0%
details) 58,000 2.1% 5,462
details) 500,000 78.8% 3.4% 72.07% 14,206
details) 651,000 2.1% 0.1% 2% 5,193
details) 13,120,717 56.1% 28.4% 27.7% 1,024
details) 3,790,000 7.9% 1% 6.9%
details) 1,991,000 90.0% 13.7% 76.3% 7,488
details) 269,000 0.9% 0.1% 0.8% 1,484
details) 7,500,000 44% 24% 20% 42,938
details) 2,475,000 55.6% 28.7% 24.9% 31,499
details) 5,217,000 89.6% 58.8% 30.8% 4,072
details) 795,000 5.0% 5% 665
details) 80,510,000 50% 14% 36% 2,661
details) 4,210,000 86.2% 3% 83.5% 62,767
details) 73,000 2.5% 2.1% 0.4% 27,015
details) 2,500,000 1.6% 0.8% 0.8% 2,891
details) 16,000 77.9% 65% 12.9% 19,031
details) 3,057,000 92.0% 80% 12% 16,615
details) 6,800,000 97% 27% 70% 2,898
details) 6,260,000 96% 88% 7.9% 6,138
details) 27,635,000 96% 81% 15% 10,940
details) 90,500,000 90% 80% 10% 4,413
details) 50 100.0% 100%
details) 36,090,000 94.3% 86.3% 8% 21,903
details) 10,110,000[30] 84% 81% 3.3% 25,305
details) 3,878,000 97.0% 50% 47%
details) 262,675 13.8% 86,507
details) 21,380,000 99.5% 5.7% 93.8% 16,518
details) 66,000,000-105,775,000[31][32] 46.6%[33]-76%[33][34][35][36] <0.1% 46.6%-76% 23,549
details) 9,619,000 93.6% 56.9 26 1,354
details) 31,000 97.0% 97%
details) 1,493,000 5.5% 3.5% 2% 24,571
details) 900,000 7.0% 4.2% 3% 1,944
details) 7,260,000 93.5% 4.97% 79.4% 11,544
details) 80,000 94.7% 82% 15.2% 27,008
details) 1,751,000 30.0% 3% 27% 1,359
details) 900,000 18.0%[1] 5.7% 12% 61,803
details) 4,730,000 86.5% 75.2% 11.3% 24,896
details) 1,610,000 79.2% 57% 22.2% 26,801
details) 1,000[37] 0.01% 0.0002% 0.01%
details) 40,243,000 80% 5% 75% 11,440
details) 6,010,000[38] 60.5%[39] 30% 30%
details) 36,240,000 73% 71% 2% 32,129
details) 1,531,000 7.5% 6.1% 1.4% 6,247
details) ? 2%
details) 308,000 50.3% 8,858
details) 994,000 82.7% 25% 57.7% 5,246
details) 6,320,000 67.2% 2% 65% 42,217
details) 5,700,000 71% 38% 33% 5,246
details) 2,251,000 10.0% 10% 5,436
details) 99,000 1.4% 0.1% 1.3% 2,247
details) 27,118,000 62.0% 1,601
details) 471,000 0.7% 0.4% 0.3% 9,815
details) 1,966,000 29.0% 1,051
details) 84,000 81.0% 16% 65% 5,026
details) 774,000 57.6% 21.5% 33.4% 26,647
details) 24,000 0.2% 0.2% 9,795
details) 120,000[40] 0.2% 17,651
details) 466,000 9.0% 9% 10,583
details) 29,943,000 88.6% 41.9% 46.7% 1,352
details) 38,080,000 83.8% 5.9% 76.7% 7,418
details) 424,000 9.0% 7% 2% 42,384
[41] 33,200,417 59.3% 8.9% 50% 35,819
details) 246,780,000 73% 22% 51% 49,965
details) 2,127,000 58.4% 47% 11% 16,037
details) 710,000 2.6% 2.6%
details) 836 100.0% 100%
details) 28,340,000 87.0% 79% 8% 13,475
details) 7,03,000 8.0% 7% 1% 3,635
details) 200 0.04% 0.04%
details) 3,000 0.013% 0.013% 2,489
details) 12,939,000 97.6% 25% 72% 1712
details) 10,747,000 85.0% 7% 77% 559
Total[4] 2,384,004,733 33% 17% 16% -

Unrecognised states

Note: Includes non-United Nations member states not recognized by any state, non-UN member states recognized only by non-UN members and non-UN member states recognized by at least one UN member.

Country Christians % Christian
details) 130,000 68.0%
details) 150,000 8.3%
details) 136,000 96.0%
details) 173,000 11.1%
details) 200 0.03%
details) 69,000 96.4%
details) 902,000 3.9%
details) 510,000 95.0%

Top ten

On the left: A list of the top ten countries by largest number of Christians. On the right: a list of the top ten countries by highest percentage of the population that is Christian.
Rank Country Christians % Christian Country % Christian Christians
European Union 373,656,000 74.2%
1 United States 246,780,000 79.5% Vatican City 100.0% 800
2 Brazil 175,700,000 91.4% Pitcairn Islands 100.0% 50
3 Mexico 107,095,000 97.5% Greece 99.7% 11,295,178
4 Russia 105,775,000 73.6% Ecuador 99.0% 14,099,000
5 Philippines 90,530,000 92.4% Armenia 98.7% 3,196,000
6 Nigeria 80,281,000 50.8% Equatorial Guinea 98.6% 683,000
7 Congo, Democratic Republic of 68,558,000 95.6% East Timor 98.4% 1,152,000
8 China, People's Republic of 67,070,000[27] 5% Moldova 98.3% 3,503,000
9 Ethiopia 54,978,000 64.5% American Samoa 98.3% 68,000
10 Italy 54,070,000 91.5% Venezuela 98.0% 28,340,000
Percent (%) Christians Number of countries Population
100 2 850
90 - 99 50 824,568,000
80 - 89 27 227,790,200
70 - 79 20 599,319,000
60 - 69 11 177,608,000
50 - 59 16 132,349,929
40 - 49 3 13,594,000
30 - 39 6 15,497,000
20 - 29 5 23,657,000
10 - 19 10 43,409,000
1 - 9 34 124,755,000
- 1 13 1,823,750

In total, 126 countries (including the United States) have a Christian majority, while 71 countries (which includes China) have a Christian minority.

Population growth

See also

Other religions:

General:

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