Social Regulation of Religion (2003)
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The following list ranks nations (population 200,000+) based on the level of hostility in the culture towards nontraditional religions, hostility towards conversion to other religions, hostility towards proselytizing, and whether or not existing religions try to shut out new religions. Higher values indicate greater social regulation of religion. (Coded from the International Religious Freedom Report, 2003)

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RankingNationIndex
1India 10.0
1Iran 10.0
1Israeli Occupied Territories (Palestine) 10.0
1Pakistan 10.0
1Saudi Arabia 10.0
2Maldives 9.5
3Afghanistan 9.3
3Azerbaijan 9.3
3Egypt 9.3
3Indonesia 9.3
3Iraq 9.3
4Cameroon 8.8
4Chad 8.8
4Somalia 8.8
4Tunisia 8.8
5Ethiopia 8.7
5Uzbekistan 8.7
6Comoros 8.5
7Algeria 8.3
7Bhutan 8.3
7Georgia 8.3
7Jordan 8.3
7Kuwait 8.3
7Malaysia 8.3
7Morocco 8.3
7Syria 8.3
7Turkey 8.3
7United Arab Emirates 8.3
7Western Sahara 8.3
7Yemen 8.3
8Cyprus 8.2
9Sudan 8.0
10Bahrain 7.8
10Israel 7.8
10Nepal 7.8
10Qatar 7.8
11Sri Lanka 7.7
12Burma (Myanmar) 7.5
12Russia 7.5
13Armenia 7.0
14Mexico 6.8
14Nigeria 6.8
14Ukraine 6.8
15Lebanon 6.7
16Greece 6.5
17Belarus 6.3
17Eritrea 6.3
17Romania 6.3
17Timor-Leste 6.3
18Niger 6.2
19Mauritania 6.0
20Bangladesh 5.8
20Guinea 5.8
21Malawi 5.7
21Mongolia 5.7
22Kenya 5.5
23Brunei 5.3
23Libya 5.3
23Oman 5.3
23Uganda 5.3
24Austria 5.2
25Italy 5.0
25Laos 5.0
25Slovenia 5.0
26Belgium 4.8
26Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.8
26China 4.8
27Cote d'Ivoire 4.5
27Cuba 4.5
27Djibouti 4.5
28Bulgaria 4.3
28Papua New Guinea 4.3
28Singapore 4.3
29Colombia 4.0
29Fiji 4.0
29Guatemala 4.0
30Brazil 3.8
30Mauritius 3.8
30Turkmenistan 3.8
31France 3.7
31Hungary 3.7
31Jamaica 3.7
31Macedonia 3.7
31Norway 3.7
31Philippines 3.7
31Poland 3.7
31Spain 3.7
31Vanuatu 3.7
32Central African Republic 3.5
32Congo, Democratic Republic of the 3.5
32Kyrgyzstan 3.5
33Croatia 3.3
33Japan 3.3
34Argentina 3.0
34Czech Republic 3.0
34Equatorial Guinea 3.0
34Solomon Islands 3.0
34Vietnam 3.0
35Liberia 2.7
35Venezuela 2.7
36Chile 2.5
36Lithuania 2.5
36South Africa 2.5
36Tanzania 2.5
37Australia 2.3
37Finland 2.3
37Netherlands 2.3
38Burkina Faso 2.2
38Germany 2.2
39Iceland 2.0
39Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of 2.0
40Canada 1.8
41Albania 1.7
41Bolivia 1.7
41New Caledonia 1.7
41Paraguay 1.7
41Slovakia 1.7
41Suriname 1.7
41Sweden 1.7
41Switzerland 1.7
41United Kingdom 1.7
41Zimbabwe 1.7
42Mali 1.3
42Nicaragua 1.3
43Ghana 1.2
43Tajikistan 1.2
44Angola 0.7
44Cape Verde 0.7
44Congo, Republic of the 0.7
44Guyana 0.7
44Haiti 0.7
44Peru 0.7
44Rwanda 0.7
44Trinidad and Tobago 0.7
44Uruguay 0.7
45Madagascar 0.5
45Moldova 0.5
46Bahamas, The 0.0
46Barbados 0.0
46Belize 0.0
46Benin 0.0
46Botswana 0.0
46Burundi 0.0
46Cambodia 0.0
46Costa Rica 0.0
46Denmark 0.0
46Dominican Republic 0.0
46Ecuador 0.0
46El Salvador 0.0
46Estonia 0.0
46French Guiana 0.0
46French Polynesia 0.0
46Gabon 0.0
46Gambia, The 0.0
46Guadeloupe 0.0
46Guinea-Bissau 0.0
46Honduras 0.0
46Hong Kong 0.0
46Ireland 0.0
46Kazakhstan 0.0
46Korea, (South) Republic of 0.0
46Latvia 0.0
46Lesotho 0.0
46Luxembourg 0.0
46Macau 0.0
46Malta 0.0
46Martinique 0.0
46Mozambique 0.0
46Namibia 0.0
46New Zealand 0.0
46Panama 0.0
46Portugal 0.0
46Puerto Rico 0.0
46Reunion 0.0
46Senegal 0.0
46Sierra Leone 0.0
46Swaziland 0.0
46Taiwan 0.0
46Thailand 0.0
46Togo 0.0
46Zambia 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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