Government Favoritism of Religion (2005)
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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 International Religious Freedom Report, 2005)

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RankingNationRate
1Turkmenistan 9.0
2Iran 8.8
2Saudi Arabia 8.8
3Greece 8.7
3Malaysia 8.7
3United Arab Emirates 8.7
4Georgia 8.5
5Mauritania 8.3
6Bhutan 8.2
7Armenia 8.1
8Jordan 8.0
8Qatar 8.0
9Algeria 7.9
9Bahrain 7.9
9Burma (Myanmar) 7.9
9Egypt 7.9
9Malta 7.9
10Brunei 7.8
10Sudan 7.8
11Iceland 7.8
11Israel 7.8
11Oman 7.8
11Pakistan 7.8
11Peru 7.8
11Portugal 7.8
11Romania 7.8
11Tunisia 7.8
11Venezuela 7.8
12Cambodia 7.7
13Afghanistan 7.6
13Croatia 7.6
13Cyprus 7.6
13Libya 7.6
13Luxembourg 7.6
13Russia 7.6
14Equatorial Guinea 7.5
14Maldives 7.5
14Panama 7.5
14Yemen 7.5
14Zambia 7.5
15Colombia 7.4
15Iraq 7.4
15Lebanon 7.4
15Norway 7.4
15Spain 7.4
16Costa Rica 7.4
17Bangladesh 7.3
17India 7.3
17Israeli Occupied Territories (Palestine) 7.3
17Kuwait 7.3
17Uzbekistan 7.3
17Vanuatu 7.3
18Bolivia 7.2
18Cote d'Ivoire 7.2
18Denmark 7.2
18Guinea 7.2
19Laos 7.1
19Macedonia 7.1
19Moldova 7.1
19Morocco 7.1
19Syria 7.1
19United Kingdom 7.1
19Western Sahara 7.1
20Dominican Republic 7.0
21Djibouti 7.0
21Nicaragua 7.0
22Czech Republic 6.9
22Italy 6.9
23Argentina 6.9
23Chad 6.9
23Chile 6.9
24Canada 6.8
24Indonesia 6.8
24Tanzania 6.8
25Cape Verde 6.7
25Hungary 6.7
25Slovakia 6.7
25Sri Lanka 6.7
25Swaziland 6.7
26China 6.6
26Switzerland 6.6
27Belgium 6.5
28Comoros 6.5
29Latvia 6.4
29Thailand 6.4
29Ukraine 6.4
30Germany 6.4
30Lithuania 6.4
31Belize 6.3
31Ethiopia 6.3
32Haiti 6.2
33Austria 6.2
34Senegal 6.1
35Bahamas, The 6.0
35Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.0
35Gabon 6.0
35Slovenia 6.0
36Singapore 5.9
37Poland 5.8
38Nigeria 5.8
39Nepal 5.7
40Mongolia 5.6
41Azerbaijan 5.6
41Finland 5.6
42Somalia 5.6
43Netherlands 5.5
44Turkey 5.5
45Ghana 5.4
46Kenya 5.4
47Korea, (South) Republic of 5.2
48Lesotho 5.0
48Mauritius 5.0
48Philippines 5.0
49Bulgaria 4.9
50Rwanda 4.7
50Zimbabwe 4.7
51Belarus 4.6
52El Salvador 4.5
52Kazakhstan 4.5
53Solomon Islands 4.3
54Liberia 4.2
55Papua New Guinea 4.2
56Gambia, The 4.1
57Barbados 3.9
58Sweden 3.8
59Malawi 3.7
60Guyana 3.7
61Hong Kong 3.5
62Honduras 3.4
63Cameroon 3.2
64Madagascar 3.2
65Trinidad and Tobago 3.0
66Sierra Leone 2.9
67France 2.9
68Estonia 2.7
68New Zealand 2.7
69Niger 2.5
70Guatemala 2.4
70Uganda 2.4
71Paraguay 2.2
72Albania 2.1
73Benin 2.0
73Brazil 2.0
73Ecuador 2.0
73Ireland 2.0
73Suriname 2.0
73Timor-Leste 2.0
74Kyrgyzstan 1.7
75Taiwan 1.6
76Cuba 1.3
76Eritrea 1.3
76Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 1.3
76South Africa 1.3
76Vietnam 1.3
77Australia 0.7
77Mozambique 0.7
78Angola 0.0
78Botswana 0.0
78Burkina Faso 0.0
78Burundi 0.0
78Central African Republic 0.0
78Congo, Democratic Republic of the 0.0
78Congo, Republic of the 0.0
78Fiji 0.0
78Guinea-Bissau 0.0
78Jamaica 0.0
78Japan 0.0
78Macau 0.0
78Mali 0.0
78Mexico 0.0
78Namibia 0.0
78Tajikistan 0.0
78Togo 0.0
78Uruguay 0.0
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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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