Macedonia
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Orthodox

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Orthodox (57.4%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 recognition only [Article 19]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 19]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 9]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1991
Last Amended3 2011
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 July 27, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Article 9.

Citizens of the Republic of Macedonia are equal in their freedoms and rights, regardless of ... religious beliefs ...

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Article 19.

The freedom of religious confession is guaranteed. The right to express one's faith freely and publicly, individually or with others is guaranteed. The Macedonian Orthodox Church and other religious communities and groups are separate from the state and equal before the law. The Macedonian Orthodox Church and other religious communities and groups are free to establish schools and other social and charitable institutions, by way of a procedure regulated by law.

Article 20.

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The programmes and activities of political parties and other associations of citizens may not be directed ... at encouragement or incitement to ... religious hatred or intolerance.

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Article 48.

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The Republic guarantees the protection of the ... religious identity of the nationalities.

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Article 54.

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[During states of war or emergency] The restriction of freedoms and rights cannot discriminate on grounds of ... religion ...

The restriction of freedoms and rights cannot be applied to ... the freedom of ... religious confession.

Article 110.

The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Macedonia

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protects the freedoms and rights of the individual and citizen relating to the freedom of conviction, conscience, thought ... as well as to the prohibition of discrimination among citizens on the ground of ... religion

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Amendment VII

(1) The Macedonian Orthodox Church, as well as the Islamic Religious Community in Macedonia, the Catholic Church, Evangelical Methodist Church, the Jewish Community and other Religious communities and groups are separate from the state and equal before the law.

(2) The Macedonian Orthodox Church, as well as the Islamic Religious Community in Macedonia, the Catholic Church, Evangelical Methodist Church, the Jewish Community and other Religious communities and groups are free to establish schools and other social and charitable institutions, by way of a procedure regulated by law.

(3) Item 1 of this amendment replaces paragraph 3 of Article 19 and Item 2 replaces paragraph 4 of Article 19 of the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia.

Amendment VIII

(1) ... The Republic guarantees the protection of the ... religious identity of all communities.

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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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