Government Regulation of Religion (2005)
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The following list ranks nations 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. Only nations of 200,000+ population included. (Coded from the International Religious Freedom Report, 2005)

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21Australia/New Zealand 0.4
15Caribbean 1.1
16Central America 1.0
7Eastern Africa 3.4
6Eastern Asia 3.6
5Eastern Europe 4.7
22Melanesia 0.3
13Micronesia (Region) 1.7
9Middle Africa 2.0
2Northern Africa 7.1
17Northern America 0.8
12Northern Europe 1.8
19Polynesia 0.7
18South America 0.8
1South-Central Asia 8.0
4South-Eastern Asia 6.3
20Southern Africa 0.4
10Southern Europe 2.0
8The World 3.3
14Western Africa 1.5
3Western Asia 6.9
11Western Europe 1.9


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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