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Religious Adherents, 2010 (World Christian Database)1

Liechtenstein Western Europe World
Baha'i <0.1% <0.1% 0.1%
Buddhist 0.0% 0.4% 7.2%
Chinese Universalist 0.0% 0.1% 6.3%
Christian 89.4% 69.1% 32.8%
Confucianist 0.0% <0.1% 0.1%
Ethnoreligionist 0.0% <0.1% 3.5%
Hindu 0.0% 0.2% 13.8%
Jain 0.0% <0.1% <0.1%
Jewish 0.1% 0.4% 0.2%
Muslim 6.3% 6.1% 22.5%
Shintoist 0.0% 0.0% <0.1%
Sikh 0.0% <0.1% 0.3%
Spiritist 0.0% <0.1% 0.2%
Taoist 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Zoroastrian 0.0% <0.1% <0.1%
Neoreligionists 0.0% 0.1% 0.9%
Atheist <0.1% 2.9% 2.0%
Agnostic 4.1% 20.6% 9.8%

Religious Demography2

The country has an area of 61.7 square miles and a population of 35,400. According to the 2000 census, membership in religious denominations was as follows: 78.4 percent Roman Catholic; 8.3 percent Protestant; 4.8 percent Muslim; 1.1 percent Orthodox Christian; 0.1 percent Jewish; 0.4 percent other religious groups; 2.8 percent professed no formal creed; and 4.1 percent of residents did not indicate religious affiliation in the census.

The Muslim community has grown over the last two decades as a result of an influx of migrants primarily from Turkey, Serbia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, many of whom resettled from other Western European countries. According to official census statistics, the Muslim population increased from 689 in 1990 to 1,593 in 2000.

A government-contracted survey of 600 residents published in April 2008 found that 40 percent of the population participated in formal religious services at least once a month. Muslims were the most active religious group -- 44 percent attend religious service at least once a week, compared to 23 percent of Catholics and 24 percent of other Christians.


Note: The World Christian Database (WCD) estimates, used in the Religious Adherents section above, count each person as belonging to a maximum of one religious group. For more information, see the WCD methodology document. The U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom report estimates, used in the Religious Demography section, use less restrictive criteria in which a person who identifies with more than one religion is classified as a follower of each. In certain cases (such as Japan and other nations with strong folk religion traditions), this can cause counts to vary widely between estimates. Users are advised to consult the relevant source documents before determining which counts to cite.

1.  The World Christian Database (WCD) is based on the 2600-page award-winning World Christian Encyclopedia and World Christian Trends, first published in 1982 and revised in 2001. This extensive work on World religion is now completely updated and integrated into the WCD online database. Designed for both the casual user and research scholar, information is readily available on religious activities, growth rates, religious literature, worker activity, and demographic statistics. Additional secular data is incorporated on population, health, education, and communications. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. Used with permission.

2.  The U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report is submitted to Congress annually by the Department of State in compliance with Section 102(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998. This report supplements the most recent Human Rights Reports by providing additional detailed information with respect to matters involving international religious freedom. It includes individual country chapters on the status of religious freedom worldwide. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. These State Department reports are open source.

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