New survey shows which countries are the most religious 158



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If you were to guess a percentage of how many people in the world said they were religious, how many would you guess? 50 per cent? 75 per cent? Well, according to a new survey of almost 64,000 people, the answer is actually 63 per cent.

The global survey, conducted by WIN/Gallup International was designed to see the religious attitudes across the globe. It was found that the most religious country in the world was Thailand – 94 per cent of the population say they are religious. Interestingly, the UK is one of the least religious countries on the globe, with Australia not far behind, with around 34 per cent saying they were not following a religion.

The five most religious countries in the world were Thailand, Armenia, Bangladesh, Georgia and Morocco. 56 per cent of people in the US describe themselves as religious.

It is surprising to note the least religious countries in the world, where half the populations identified with atheism. These were China, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan and Sweden.

So does this mean that religion is on the decline? No, according to Jean-Marc Leger, president of WIN/Gallup International Association, “[W]e see that the total number of people who consider themselves to be religious is actually relatively high. Furthermore, with the trend of an increasingly religious youth globally, we can assume that the number of people who consider themselves religious will only continue to increase”.


Tell us today, do you consider yourself religious? 

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  1. There is a huge difference between religious practice and spiritual practice – no matter what belief base you come from.

  2. I am a non believer BUT I respect the rights of others to worship as they choose and expect that others respect my right to not believe

  3. I’m not religious, but I have a close relationship with God who has helped me to find the freedom, peace and joy to live my life well

  4. I agree with Leanne Stephenson believe if you want to but don’t ram you beliefs down other people’s throats

  5. I’m atheist, but realise why people need religion to get them through life. However, in some cases it can do more harm than good and is behind so many wars throughout history (and still is). Also used as an instrument to control or extract money from people. I prefer to exist like the rest of species of the animal kingdom by getting through life without it. But still try to do the right thing by and love my fellow man.

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  6. I am an atheist but does not mean I am without morals, I had a Christian upbringing in my early years . But The Magdalene Laundries knocked that right out of me in my teens

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