Government Regulation of Religion (2005)
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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, 2005)

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RankingNationRate
12Afghanistan 5.3
21Albania 0.6
8Algeria 6.9
20Angola 0.8
19Argentina 1.4
7Armenia 7.2
20Australia 0.8
19Austria 1.4
6Azerbaijan 7.8
19Bahamas, The 1.4
6Bahrain 7.8
4Bangladesh 8.6
22Barbados 0.0
3Belarus 9.2
16Belgium 3.1
22Belize 0.0
22Benin 0.0
4Bhutan 8.6
22Bolivia 0.0
10Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.1
22Botswana 0.0
22Brazil 0.0
2Brunei 9.4
4Bulgaria 8.6
22Burkina Faso 0.0
4Burma (Myanmar) 8.6
22Burundi 0.0
16Cambodia 3.1
21Cameroon 0.6
20Canada 0.8
22Cape Verde 0.0
12Central African Republic 5.3
9Chad 6.4
19Chile 1.4
6China 7.8
17Colombia 2.2
4Comoros 8.6
19Congo, Democratic Republic of the 1.4
22Congo, Republic of the 0.0
22Costa Rica 0.0
16Cote d'Ivoire 3.1
19Croatia 1.4
6Cuba 7.8
17Cyprus 2.2
21Czech Republic 0.6
19Denmark 1.4
9Djibouti 6.4
20Dominican Republic 0.8
22Ecuador 0.0
4Egypt 8.6
18El Salvador 1.7
16Equatorial Guinea 3.1
4Eritrea 8.6
22Estonia 0.0
15Ethiopia 3.9
22Fiji 0.0
18Finland 1.7
16France 3.1
--French Guiana --
--French Polynesia --
21Gabon 0.6
22Gambia, The 0.0
9Georgia 6.4
17Germany 2.2
22Ghana 0.0
6Greece 7.8
--Guadeloupe --
20Guatemala 0.8
17Guinea 2.2
18Guinea-Bissau 1.7
22Guyana 0.0
22Haiti 0.0
20Honduras 0.8
20Hong Kong 0.8
19Hungary 1.4
17Iceland 2.2
7India 7.2
8Indonesia 6.9
3Iran 9.2
9Iraq 6.4
22Ireland 0.0
12Israel 5.3
11Israeli Occupied Territories (Palestine) 5.6
19Italy 1.4
22Jamaica 0.0
22Japan 0.0
4Jordan 8.6
7Kazakhstan 7.2
17Kenya 2.2
3Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 9.2
19Korea, (South) Republic of 1.4
--Kosovo --
5Kuwait 8.1
6Kyrgyzstan 7.8
4Laos 8.6
13Latvia 4.7
8Lebanon 6.9
22Lesotho 0.0
17Liberia 2.2
6Libya 7.8
16Lithuania 3.1
21Luxembourg 0.6
20Macau 0.8
13Macedonia 4.7
19Madagascar 1.4
22Malawi 0.0
4Malaysia 8.6
1Maldives 10.0
22Mali 0.0
22Malta 0.0
--Martinique --
6Mauritania 7.8
20Mauritius 0.8
16Mexico 3.1
11Moldova 5.6
11Mongolia 5.6
--Montenegro --
8Morocco 6.9
18Mozambique 1.7
22Namibia 0.0
10Nepal 6.1
22Netherlands 0.0
--New Caledonia --
22New Zealand 0.0
20Nicaragua 0.8
22Niger 0.0
9Nigeria 6.4
19Norway 1.4
11Oman 5.6
3Pakistan 9.2
20Panama 0.8
22Papua New Guinea 0.0
22Paraguay 0.0
17Peru 2.2
21Philippines 0.6
22Poland 0.0
22Portugal 0.0
--Puerto Rico --
2Qatar 9.4
--Reunion --
6Romania 7.8
8Russia 6.9
14Rwanda 4.4
1Saudi Arabia 10.0
22Senegal 0.0
--Serbia --
20Sierra Leone 0.8
6Singapore 7.8
17Slovakia 2.2
19Slovenia 1.4
20Solomon Islands 0.8
6Somalia 7.8
22South Africa 0.0
22Spain 0.0
4Sri Lanka 8.6
4Sudan 8.6
22Suriname 0.0
17Swaziland 2.2
20Sweden 0.8
21Switzerland 0.6
8Syria 6.9
22Taiwan 0.0
11Tajikistan 5.6
12Tanzania 5.3
13Thailand 4.7
16Timor-Leste 3.1
22Togo 0.0
20Trinidad and Tobago 0.8
15Tunisia 3.9
8Turkey 6.9
1Turkmenistan 10.0
13Uganda 4.7
13Ukraine 4.7
10United Arab Emirates 6.1
17United Kingdom 2.2
--United States (General) --
22Uruguay 0.0
3Uzbekistan 9.2
21Vanuatu 0.6
17Venezuela 2.2
6Vietnam 7.8
8Western Sahara 6.9
10Yemen 6.1
22Zambia 0.0
17Zimbabwe 2.2


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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