Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Atheist

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Not Religious (incl. Atheist) (70.9%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 no, but a secular ideology is official [Ten Great Principles, nos. 4-5]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 68]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 partial [Article 66]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1948
Last Amended3 2016
Source3 World Constitutions Illustrated
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 October 8, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

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Regarding "The people are my God" as his maxim, Comrade Kim Il Sung ...

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Article 66.

All citizens who have reached the age of 17 have the right to elect and to be elected, irrespective of ... religious belief.

Article 68.

Citizens have freedom of religious belief. This right is granted through the approval of the construction of religious buildings and the holding of religious ceremonies. Religion must not be used as a pretext for drawing in foreign forces or for harming the State or social order.

[*Note: A long series of human rights reports, both governmental and independent, conclude that neither equality of religionists or freedom of religion are honored in practice.]

Ten Great Principles of the Establishment of the Unitary Ideological System (1967, made official 1974)

4.

Preamble

Accept the Great Leader Comrade KIM Il Sung’s revolutionary thought as your belief and take the Great Leader’s instructions as your creed. ...

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5.

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(2) Regard as a holy duty and supreme glory reducing the concerns of our Beloved Leader Comrade KIM Il Sung and fight for it with complete dedication.

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Sources

1.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Government Religious Preference (GRP) measures government-level favoritism toward, and disfavor against, 30 religious denominations. A series of ordered categorical variables index the state's institutional favoritism in 28 different ways. The variables are combined to form five composite indices for five broad components of state-religion: official status, religious education, financial support, regulatory burdens, and freedom of practice. The five components' composites in turn are further combined into a single composite score, the GRP score. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

2.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports annual estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivisions within Christianity and Islam. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

3.  Text from country constitutions was copied from primary documents obtained online using a variety of sources, including the Constitute Project, World Constitutions Illustrated, and government sources. When the text was in a language other than English, it was translated to English by ARDA staff or with web-based translation utilities such as Google Translate. Emphases were added to the text by ARDA staff to differentiate religious content from non-religious content. Text is current to the date listed in the "Current as of" field shown above. Please contact us at support@thearda.com if you are aware of any incorrect information provided on this page.

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