Government Regulation of Religion (2003)
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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 International Religious Freedom Report, 2003)

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RankingNationRate
6Afghanistan 7.8
25Albania 0.0
8Algeria 6.9
24Angola 0.6
18Argentina 3.1
6Armenia 7.8
24Australia 0.6
24Austria 0.6
4Azerbaijan 8.6
25Bahamas, The 0.0
8Bahrain 6.9
9Bangladesh 6.4
25Barbados 0.0
10Belarus 6.1
23Belgium 0.8
25Belize 0.0
25Benin 0.0
8Bhutan 6.9
25Bolivia 0.0
14Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.4
23Botswana 0.8
23Brazil 0.8
2Brunei 9.4
10Bulgaria 6.1
25Burkina Faso 0.0
1Burma (Myanmar) 10.0
25Burundi 0.0
25Cambodia 0.0
16Cameroon 3.9
25Canada 0.0
25Cape Verde 0.0
12Central African Republic 5.3
11Chad 5.6
22Chile 1.4
3China 9.2
13Colombia 4.7
4Comoros 8.6
12Congo, Democratic Republic of the 5.3
25Congo, Republic of the 0.0
25Costa Rica 0.0
14Cote d'Ivoire 4.4
22Croatia 1.4
10Cuba 6.1
10Cyprus 6.1
25Czech Republic 0.0
23Denmark 0.8
11Djibouti 5.6
25Dominican Republic 0.0
25Ecuador 0.0
6Egypt 7.8
23El Salvador 0.8
12Equatorial Guinea 5.3
4Eritrea 8.6
25Estonia 0.0
13Ethiopia 4.7
22Fiji 1.4
23Finland 0.8
16France 3.9
25French Guiana 0.0
25French Polynesia 0.0
21Gabon 1.7
25Gambia, The 0.0
8Georgia 6.9
20Germany 2.2
20Ghana 2.2
10Greece 6.1
25Guadeloupe 0.0
22Guatemala 1.4
16Guinea 3.9
25Guinea-Bissau 0.0
23Guyana 0.8
25Haiti 0.0
25Honduras 0.0
23Hong Kong 0.8
22Hungary 1.4
24Iceland 0.6
11India 5.6
10Indonesia 6.1
6Iran 7.8
6Iraq 7.8
25Ireland 0.0
20Israel 2.2
20Israeli Occupied Territories (Palestine) 2.2
20Italy 2.2
18Jamaica 3.1
18Japan 3.1
6Jordan 7.8
9Kazakhstan 6.4
16Kenya 3.9
5Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 8.3
25Korea, (South) Republic of 0.0
--Kosovo --
6Kuwait 7.8
13Kyrgyzstan 4.7
2Laos 9.4
16Latvia 3.9
13Lebanon 4.7
25Lesotho 0.0
16Liberia 3.9
10Libya 6.1
20Lithuania 2.2
25Luxembourg 0.0
25Macau 0.0
13Macedonia 4.7
23Madagascar 0.8
25Malawi 0.0
9Malaysia 6.4
1Maldives 10.0
25Mali 0.0
25Malta 0.0
25Martinique 0.0
8Mauritania 6.9
23Mauritius 0.8
18Mexico 3.1
18Moldova 3.1
11Mongolia 5.6
--Montenegro --
13Morocco 4.7
23Mozambique 0.8
25Namibia 0.0
10Nepal 6.1
25Netherlands 0.0
15New Caledonia 4.2
25New Zealand 0.0
25Nicaragua 0.0
14Niger 4.4
9Nigeria 6.4
23Norway 0.8
8Oman 6.9
4Pakistan 8.6
20Panama 2.2
25Papua New Guinea 0.0
25Paraguay 0.0
18Peru 3.1
23Philippines 0.8
25Poland 0.0
25Portugal 0.0
25Puerto Rico 0.0
8Qatar 6.9
25Reunion 0.0
13Romania 4.7
13Russia 4.7
13Rwanda 4.7
1Saudi Arabia 10.0
25Senegal 0.0
--Serbia --
25Sierra Leone 0.0
7Singapore 7.2
22Slovakia 1.4
22Slovenia 1.4
23Solomon Islands 0.8
10Somalia 6.1
25South Africa 0.0
21Spain 1.7
19Sri Lanka 2.5
4Sudan 8.6
25Suriname 0.0
20Swaziland 2.2
25Sweden 0.0
25Switzerland 0.0
13Syria 4.7
25Taiwan 0.0
13Tajikistan 4.7
11Tanzania 5.6
17Thailand 3.3
24Timor-Leste 0.6
23Togo 0.8
23Trinidad and Tobago 0.8
10Tunisia 6.1
16Turkey 3.9
8Turkmenistan 6.9
16Uganda 3.9
9Ukraine 6.4
12United Arab Emirates 5.3
25United Kingdom 0.0
--United States (General) --
25Uruguay 0.0
4Uzbekistan 8.6
22Vanuatu 1.4
25Venezuela 0.0
6Vietnam 7.8
11Western Sahara 5.6
10Yemen 6.1
24Zambia 0.6
13Zimbabwe 4.7


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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