Government Regulation of Religion (Average: 2003, 2005, 2008)
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The following list ranks nations (population 200,000+) on the extent to which the government regulates the selection, practice, and profession of religion through official laws, policies, or administrative actions. Higher values indicate greater government regulation of religion. (Coded from the 2003, 2005 and 2008 International Religious Freedom Reports)

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RankingNationValue
13Afghanistan 7.7
70Albania 0.2
14Algeria 7.5
67Angola 0.6
59Argentina 1.5
16Armenia 7.3
68Australia 0.5
62Austria 1.1
11Azerbaijan 8.1
66Bahamas, The 0.7
25Bahrain 6.2
19Bangladesh 7.0
69Barbados 0.3
13Belarus 7.7
58Belgium 1.6
71Belize 0.0
71Benin 0.0
21Bhutan 6.6
71Bolivia 0.0
44Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.7
69Botswana 0.3
67Brazil 0.6
3Brunei 9.4
20Bulgaria 6.7
69Burkina Faso 0.3
4Burma (Myanmar) 9.1
71Burundi 0.0
54Cambodia 2.3
57Cameroon 1.8
66Canada 0.7
71Cape Verde 0.0
37Central African Republic 4.8
26Chad 6.1
64Chile 0.9
5China 9.0
49Colombia 3.1
6Comoros 8.9
50Congo, Democratic Republic of the 3.0
71Congo, Republic of the 0.0
68Costa Rica 0.5
52Cote d'Ivoire 2.8
64Croatia 0.9
17Cuba 7.2
45Cyprus 3.6
70Czech Republic 0.2
63Denmark 1.0
39Djibouti 4.5
69Dominican Republic 0.3
69Ecuador 0.3
10Egypt 8.3
65El Salvador 0.8
48Equatorial Guinea 3.3
7Eritrea 8.8
71Estonia 0.0
45Ethiopia 3.6
63Fiji 1.0
65Finland 0.8
51France 2.9
--French Guiana --
--French Polynesia --
61Gabon 1.2
71Gambia, The 0.0
35Georgia 5.0
55Germany 2.2
66Ghana 0.7
31Greece 5.5
--Guadeloupe --
66Guatemala 0.7
56Guinea 2.0
67Guinea-Bissau 0.6
69Guyana 0.3
71Haiti 0.0
69Honduras 0.3
67Hong Kong 0.6
64Hungary 0.9
64Iceland 0.9
29India 5.8
22Indonesia 6.5
5Iran 9.0
27Iraq 6.0
71Ireland 0.0
42Israel 4.1
47Israeli Occupied Territories (Palestine) 3.4
61Italy 1.2
63Jamaica 1.0
63Japan 1.0
8Jordan 8.6
18Kazakhstan 7.1
56Kenya 2.0
6Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 8.9
68Korea, (South) Republic of 0.5
53Kosovo 2.6
13Kuwait 7.7
36Kyrgyzstan 4.9
8Laos 8.6
47Latvia 3.4
36Lebanon 4.9
71Lesotho 0.0
56Liberia 2.0
14Libya 7.5
57Lithuania 1.8
70Luxembourg 0.2
69Macau 0.3
49Macedonia 3.1
61Madagascar 1.2
71Malawi 0.0
12Malaysia 7.9
2Maldives 9.7
71Mali 0.0
71Malta 0.0
--Martinique --
14Mauritania 7.5
60Mauritius 1.4
--Mayotte --
49Mexico 3.1
47Moldova 3.4
32Mongolia 5.3
59Montenegro 1.5
27Morocco 6.0
65Mozambique 0.8
71Namibia 0.0
30Nepal 5.6
71Netherlands 0.0
--New Caledonia --
71New Zealand 0.0
69Nicaragua 0.3
57Niger 1.8
38Nigeria 4.7
66Norway 0.7
25Oman 6.2
7Pakistan 8.8
61Panama 1.2
71Papua New Guinea 0.0
66Paraguay 0.7
57Peru 1.8
68Philippines 0.5
71Poland 0.0
71Portugal 0.0
--Puerto Rico --
17Qatar 7.2
--Reunion --
28Romania 5.9
33Russia 5.2
33Rwanda 5.2
1Saudi Arabia 9.8
71Senegal 0.0
46Serbia 3.5
69Sierra Leone 0.3
15Singapore 7.4
60Slovakia 1.4
64Slovenia 0.9
67Solomon Islands 0.6
14Somalia 7.5
71South Africa 0.0
65Spain 0.8
27Sri Lanka 6.0
11Sudan 8.1
71Suriname 0.0
59Swaziland 1.5
69Sweden 0.3
66Switzerland 0.7
27Syria 6.0
71Taiwan 0.0
27Tajikistan 6.0
40Tanzania 4.4
43Thailand 4.0
59Timor-Leste 1.5
69Togo 0.3
65Trinidad and Tobago 0.8
25Tunisia 6.2
34Turkey 5.1
9Turkmenistan 8.5
41Uganda 4.2
35Ukraine 5.0
30United Arab Emirates 5.6
59United Kingdom 1.5
--United States (General) --
71Uruguay 0.0
7Uzbekistan 8.8
67Vanuatu 0.6
56Venezuela 2.0
11Vietnam 8.1
24Western Sahara 6.3
23Yemen 6.4
70Zambia 0.2
40Zimbabwe 4.4


Source

The data presented in QuickLists are from a variety of sources including the U.S. Census Bureau's International Data Base, the U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report, the United Nations Human Development Reports, and others.

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