Government Favoritism of Religion (Average: 2003, 2005, 2008)
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The following list ranks nations (population 200,000+) on the extent to which government provides one religion or a small group of religions with special privileges, support or favorable sanctions. Higher values indicate greater government favoritism for religion(s). (Coded from the 2003, 2005 and 2008 waves of the International Religious Freedom Report)

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RankingNationValue
7Afghanistan 8.3
64Albania 1.4
2Algeria 8.9
75Angola 0.2
9Argentina 8.1
20Armenia 6.9
69Australia 0.9
27Austria 6.1
41Azerbaijan 4.4
55Bahamas, The 2.7
12Bahrain 7.8
25Bangladesh 6.3
65Barbados 1.3
35Belarus 5.2
16Belgium 7.4
45Belize 4.0
70Benin 0.8
11Bhutan 7.9
10Bolivia 8.0
24Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.4
72Botswana 0.6
71Brazil 0.7
20Brunei 6.9
22Bulgaria 6.7
76Burkina Faso 0.0
2Burma (Myanmar) 8.9
75Burundi 0.2
11Cambodia 7.9
67Cameroon 1.1
27Canada 6.1
34Cape Verde 5.3
60Central African Republic 1.9
19Chad 7.0
26Chile 6.2
35China 5.2
13Colombia 7.7
30Comoros 5.7
68Congo, Democratic Republic of the 1.0
76Congo, Republic of the 0.0
18Costa Rica 7.2
26Cote d'Ivoire 6.2
14Croatia 7.6
60Cuba 1.9
16Cyprus 7.4
24Czech Republic 6.4
17Denmark 7.3
37Djibouti 4.9
14Dominican Republic 7.6
65Ecuador 1.3
7Egypt 8.3
54El Salvador 2.8
29Equatorial Guinea 5.9
54Eritrea 2.8
59Estonia 2.0
29Ethiopia 5.9
63Fiji 1.5
25Finland 6.3
36France 5.0
--French Guiana --
--French Polynesia --
59Gabon 2.0
51Gambia, The 3.1
9Georgia 8.1
25Germany 6.3
46Ghana 3.8
8Greece 8.2
--Guadeloupe --
46Guatemala 3.8
28Guinea 6.0
76Guinea-Bissau 0.0
66Guyana 1.2
42Haiti 4.3
58Honduras 2.1
44Hong Kong 4.1
31Hungary 5.6
10Iceland 8.0
19India 7.0
14Indonesia 7.6
3Iran 8.8
10Iraq 8.0
60Ireland 1.9
11Israel 7.9
14Israeli Occupied Territories (Palestine) 7.6
26Italy 6.2
76Jamaica 0.0
63Japan 1.5
3Jordan 8.8
55Kazakhstan 2.7
29Kenya 5.9
74Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 0.4
38Korea, (South) Republic of 4.8
28Kosovo 6.0
13Kuwait 7.7
60Kyrgyzstan 1.9
30Laos 5.7
24Latvia 6.4
19Lebanon 7.0
49Lesotho 3.3
43Liberia 4.2
10Libya 8.0
19Lithuania 7.0
13Luxembourg 7.7
69Macau 0.9
44Macedonia 4.1
48Madagascar 3.4
50Malawi 3.2
10Malaysia 8.0
5Maldives 8.5
75Mali 0.2
6Malta 8.4
--Martinique --
7Mauritania 8.3
33Mauritius 5.4
--Mayotte --
62Mexico 1.7
30Moldova 5.7
42Mongolia 4.3
35Montenegro 5.2
19Morocco 7.0
73Mozambique 0.5
75Namibia 0.2
34Nepal 5.3
39Netherlands 4.7
--New Caledonia --
56New Zealand 2.5
21Nicaragua 6.8
52Niger 3.0
18Nigeria 7.2
21Norway 6.8
16Oman 7.4
3Pakistan 8.8
37Panama 4.9
48Papua New Guinea 3.4
43Paraguay 4.2
9Peru 8.1
60Philippines 1.9
45Poland 4.0
15Portugal 7.5
--Puerto Rico --
8Qatar 8.2
--Reunion --
15Romania 7.5
34Russia 5.3
58Rwanda 2.1
1Saudi Arabia 9.2
36Senegal 5.0
16Serbia 7.4
68Sierra Leone 1.0
47Singapore 3.7
20Slovakia 6.9
40Slovenia 4.5
42Solomon Islands 4.3
45Somalia 4.0
63South Africa 1.5
11Spain 7.9
45Sri Lanka 4.0
26Sudan 6.2
52Suriname 3.0
42Swaziland 4.3
53Sweden 2.9
23Switzerland 6.5
30Syria 5.7
73Taiwan 0.5
57Tajikistan 2.4
34Tanzania 5.3
22Thailand 6.7
65Timor-Leste 1.3
61Togo 1.8
54Trinidad and Tobago 2.8
8Tunisia 8.2
21Turkey 6.8
4Turkmenistan 8.7
66Uganda 1.2
40Ukraine 4.5
5United Arab Emirates 8.5
32United Kingdom 5.5
--United States (General) --
76Uruguay 0.0
14Uzbekistan 7.6
36Vanuatu 5.0
10Venezuela 8.0
50Vietnam 3.2
25Western Sahara 6.3
31Yemen 5.6
22Zambia 6.7
44Zimbabwe 4.1


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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